In case your a little jaded by the hashtag culture and insta gratification age we are in, let me remind you of the power of the written word. Please read this quote below:
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
These words are written by Louise Erdrich, taken from her bookThe Painted Drum.
I strongly suggest you immerse yourself in her works, below is a quote from her on the process of writing.
“It didn’t occur to me that my books would be widely read at all, and that enabled me to write anything I wanted to. And even once I realized that they were being read, I still wrote as if I were writing in secret. That’s how one has to write anyway—in secret.”
Trust me when I say you need this lady in your life.