Wild wind sweeps across the landscape, rays of warm golden sunshine peek through pockets of blue sky that dot the grey and white swaths of clouds that have overtaken the sky. Snowflakes fall gently out one window, out another they whiz by in a torrent of wind. The temperature earlier today was a full 30 degrees colder than it was on Saturday, hovering in the upper 30’s. The trees have leafed out and spring green dots the landscape in every direction. The weather is as confused as my mood has been and I struggle to determine how I am doing now that I have come out on the other side of this major manic-depressive episode. Activities that usually fill me with delight now seem abstract. Photography, running, writing, reading, cooking...existing.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
― E.E. Cummings
"Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage"
― Lao Tzu
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
― Nora Ephron
All it takes is all you got.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without
courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them
with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle
with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
― August Wilson