Here’s a compilation of thoughts from lots of insightful people. We’re using a quote from Courtney E. Martin’s article A Couple of Truths About Adulthood That No One Tells You from On Being as a starting example.
“Even the adults I’ve met who appeared to have their shit together don’t. In fact, I think the inverse may be true: The more people appear to have their shit together, the more reliably you can predict that they have a closet somewhere, shielded from public view, bursting with all the messiness of life.” Courtney E. Martin
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“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.”
“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.”
“How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names.”