You see it is important to understand how damaged people don’t always know how to say yes, or to choose the big thing, even when it is right in front of them. It’s a shame we carry. The shame of wanting something good. The shame of feeling something good. The shame of not believing we deserve to stand in the same room in the same way as all those we admire. Big red As on our chests.
I never thought to myself growing up, be a lawyer. An astronaut. The President. A scientist. A doctor. An architect.
I didn’t even think, be a writer.
Aspiration gets stuck in some people. It’s difficult to think yes. Or up. When all you feel is fight or run.
If I could go back, I’d coach myself. I’d be the woman who taught me how to stand up, how to want things, how to ask for them. I’d be the woman who says, your mind, your imagination, they are everything. Look how beautiful. You deserve to sit at the table. The radiance falls on all of us.
—Lidia Yuknavitch, The Chronology of Water (via velvetandbone)
easily one of my most favorite things i have read from a transformative book (for me).