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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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Alice Walker

“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.”

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