A few of the things I fell in love with this year:
“We are the music makers, and we are dreamers of dreams.”
~ Arthur O’ Shaughnessy
Moment: standing in the security line at the Kansas City airport, saying goodbye to one of my best friends before going abroad for the Spring Semester.
“There is hardly a more gracious gift that we can offer somebody than to accept them fully, to love them almost despite themselves.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
Moment: remembered while writing a letter to my mother who continues to love me in spite of myself.
“She talked some and laughed some, but mostly she watched – she watched the world and the way most people breathed air.”
Moment: remembered in the city during fall break, while walking down main street on a sunny, chilly October early afternoon, headed toward the Art Institute.
“What happens when people open their hearts? … They get better.”
~ Haruki Murakami
Moment: remembered in Copenhagen after a frightening and tragic day.
“Everybody has a secret world inside them. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
~ Neil Gaiman
Moment: remembered on a late afternoon when talking about a book by the same author, remembered again in the stairwell on a late, late night after meeting someone new.
“But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut
Moment: remembered at a train station during the longest train ride of my life.
“I have to say that although it broke my heart, I was, and still am, glad I was there.”
~ Markus Zusak
“Think of me, I think of you. Love me, I love you.”
~ Rune Inscription
Moment: remembered from a letter sent to me in the summer from a dear friend who was in Chicago at the time; seen at a museum in the city.
“What we want to create in the world, we must first create within ourselves.”
~ Lynn V. Andrews
Moment: remembered now, as I wrote my New Year’s Resolutions.
And so, so many more that ran through my head at various times, coming seemingly randomly to my head (or perhaps not?); they made me laugh, made me cry, made my heart hurt, or gave me the ability to breathe and let go a little bit. This year, write down a quote that made an impact on you, carry it with you for awhile, and then share it with someone dear to you.