Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.
Ally Condie, Matched
If she[…] had known how much her first half-inch beginning to let go would take - and how long her noticing and renouncing owning and her turning her habits, and beginning the slimmest self-mastery whose end was nowhere in sight - would she have begun?
Annie Dillard, The Maytrees
Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good. Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good kick them to the curb and the earlier you start in your life the better. The minute anybody makes you feel weird and non included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it.
At some point, as Richard keeps telling me, you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you. Letting go, of course, is a scary enterprise for those of us who believe that the world revolves only because it has a handle on the top of it which we personally turn, and that if we were to drop this handle for even a moment, well – that would be the end of the universe. But try dropping it….Sit quietly for now and cease your relentless participation. Watch what happens. The birds do not crash dead out of the sky in mid-flight, after all. The trees do not wither and die, the rivers do not run red with blood. Life continues to go on…. Why are you so sure that your micromanagement of every moment in this whole world is so essential? Why don’t you let it be?
If you’re in a relationship when you leave high school, let her go, man. Seriously. If you don’t, you’re just gonna do it when one of you’s at Connecticut College and the other is at NYU. You should’ve learned this in biology. We’re not meant to settle down when we’re so young. Seriously, give your loved one one last kiss. If it’s meant to be, you’ll come back together with your own money in your checking account and a lot of more experience under your belt. Nothing’s more attractive than confidence. Why am I telling you this? Because it’s time to work. It’s time to figure out what you want to do. It’s time to hustle. You can’t hustle if you’re sneaking off every 2 hours to talk to your boo. I know, my advice sucks, right? It’s cool, you’ll get it. You’re young. You got your whole 20s ahead of you. Go your separate ways. Relationships only work when as an individual, you feel your life is up to par. When you feel like it’s all it can be without someone else to complement it.
Today I finally overcame /
Tryin’ to fit the world inside a picture frame /
John Mayer, 3x5
There are things you just can’t do in life. You can’t beat the phone company, you can’t make a waiter see you until he’s ready to see you, and you can’t go home again.
He reached for her hand. ‘I don’t want to lose you.’ His voice was almost in a whisper. She could feel the tears again, and she fought them back. ‘But you don’t want to keep me either, do you?’ To that, he had no response.
Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue
I’ve got it through my head I just can’t break it to my heart
Tracy Lawrence, Can’t Break It To My Heart
We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?
Just because you’re leaving doesn’t mean I’m letting you go.
Peter Gallagher, The O.C.
At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens - that letting go - you let go because you can.
The more I am a part of history, the more I realize how much of it is already written. Let it go.
Justin Kirk, Jack & Bobby
I saw my life this morning /
Lying at the bottom of a drawer /
All this stuff I’m saving /
God knows what this junk is for /
And whatever I believed in /
This is all I have to show /
What the hell were all reasons /
For holding on for such dear life /
Here’s where I let go /
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Almost Home
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