you are young.

“You are young. So you know everything. You leap into the boat and begin rowing. But, listen to me… Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and your heart, and listen to me. There is life without love. When you hear, a mile away and still out of sight, the churn of the water as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the sharp rocks — when you hear that unmistakable pounding — when you feel the mist in your mouth… and sense ahead the long falls plunging and steaming — then row, row for your life toward it.”

{Mary Oliver, from West Wind}



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