— Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
"When you’re young — when I was young — you want your emotions to be like the ones you read about in books. You want them to overturn your life, create and define a new reality. Later, I think, you want them to do something milder, something more practical: you want them to support your life as it is and has has become. You want them to tell you that things are OK. And is there anything wrong with that?"
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Be kind to yourself. Stop telling yourself that whatever you are struggling with “should” be easy. If something is hard for you, it is hard for you....”
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