I guess fear has a way of making sleep unbearable, and the days seem dark and long. But we cry and we dance and we stumble into love with perfect, awkward grace.
“Yes, you will get your heart broken. That’s the raw and honest truth, and it’s only fair that you’re made aware of it. Somebody is going to stamp on your heart and grind it into the ground like it’s something irritating on their shoe, and there won’t be a damn thing you can do about it. But everything that happens next is your decision. That’s what you get to decide. And yes, at first you’ll cry and you’ll scream and you’ll hate your parents and blame yourself and all the rest of it, but then time will move forward and you’ll find that what comes out of it is something much greater than you ever expected. You’ll grow stronger from the person who made you feel like dust, like practically nothing, and you’ll realise that this had to happen. And not because you deserve it or because you weren’t good enough or pretty enough or smart enough, but because it will make you appreciate the good so much more. Because if you fell in love with the wrong person, imagine how beautiful and magical it will be to fall for the right one. And you will find freedom and laughter and respect, and the ability to look back and know that you made it. This isn’t your life. It’s not over yet. In fact, it’s just beginning.”
“I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.”
“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”
“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
“That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.”
“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”