n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”—Siddhārtha Gautama (via life-itself-is-a-quotation)
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Of course, there are also always consequences, so it may not seem like you have a choice.
But you do.
The main question is, are you willing to violate yourself and something you believe in? Are you willing to violate what you are willing to be? Or are you willing to preserve those, no matter the consequences?