"Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories."
"Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it."
"Never chase love, affection or attention. If it isn’t given freely by another person, it isn’t worth having."
"Dive, my mother said.
Just dive and let the world crumble upon your weak wrists and toes.
We were taught to test waters this way.
To learn how to swim and concave against the harsh waves.
The world is the ever-changing ocean.
And my lungs aren’t too wise to breathe in it.
I thought they were.
But the reality of it is, I’m still in the shallow part.
Skimming around seashells on my feet, afraid.
I am writing this in my father’s typewriter.
The dusty old machine, collecting time’s sentiments in the attic.
I am not a good swimmer.
Needless to say, I drown too often.
But I keep coming back—-
Let us live, says my lungs.
My mother was right."