“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Have you ever met someone who could have done a lot more with their lives but something happened, some tragedy and they never recovered? Have you met people whose dreams have been broken beyond repair? Their hope fractured, their will gone. People who have been defeated by life…
Life had happened to them and turned them into exactly who they said they’d never become.
This is life. Beautiful and terrible things happen. You need to feel them all. You have to. There’s no other way.
But this doesn’t mean that you have to become everything the world wants you to be. What others would like you to be, or need you to be.
You can be anything you want to be. You can believe, despite it all, that the world is a beautiful place, that the world is worth fighting for. That you are worth fighting for.
But this is what it’s all about. The battle. The fight. The struggle. Against it all. Despite…
Nothing worthwhile is easy…
So being kind to those who are unkind to you is not easy.
But I’ll tell you what’s easy. Being the same as everyone else. Being cynical and selfish and mean and…
The world is going to pull at you in all kinds of direction, but it’s still your life. You have the responsibility to live a life you are proud of. Not one your parents, your friends, your teachers, you boss, or anyone else will approve of.
And this requires a certain softness of the heart. The courage to display such a fragile organ to the world. The ability to get your heart bent and broken into all kinds of shapes.
And keep on going.
And keep on believing.
And keep on fighting for what you want.
And keep on loving.
And keep on smiling.
For the world is as beautiful and as ugly as you think it is.