"Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful."
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large — I contain multitudes."
A confession— because I normally don’t like admitting strong feelings for things because it makes me feel very vulnerable, but.
What a privilege it has been growing with and through you for the past twenty years. I know you’re not leaving me and I’m not actually leaving you, but I do feel I owe you some kind of an intermediary goodbye as I move on from school to the real world.
You are a privilege I will miss being surrounded by 24/7. I will miss being around others that you’ve affected in the same way, and that collective experience of suffering in order to reach lesser levels of imperfection, only to realize at the end that you provide no such thing as complete perfection. And being okay with this, being able to reminisce on all these experiences with a big ole’ grin on my face? Well, I suppose that’s how you know it’s love. My soul and my heart are forever indebted to you.
You are a lifelong gift, my go-to source of nourishment, and I hope to be able to enjoy you for the rest of my life. I thank you for all of the supportive people you’ve brought into my life, a special thank you to those who’ve listened to me complain, stress out, and cry over you, and for those with whom I have been able to celebrate my love for you.
Oh yeah, and also, to the piece that kicked my butt last year and to the “loudest crowd” my piano prof has ever heard…
"I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows and it all comes together."