“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”—John Green, Looking for Alaska (via kushandwizdom)
“If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, tolerance and care.”—Marvin. J. Ashton (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
“I want someone who won’t care that I hate wearing shoes,that I’m incapable of sitting still, that I can’t grasp the concept of cleaning, and I refuse to be ladylike. Someone who realizes that half the decisionsI make are usually ones I regret, and I have the right to overreact at any given moment. I want someone who knows how completely insane I am, and he wouldn’t want me any other way.”—thelovenotebook (via thelovenotebook)
So when people leave, I’ve learned the secret: let them. Because, most of the time, they have to.
Let them walk away and go places. Let them have adventures in the wild without you. Let them travel the world and explore life beyond a horizon that you exist in. And know, deep down, that heroes aren’t qualified by their capacity to stay but by their decision to return.