I kind of wish that the idea that you can just be was a little more mainstream.
Like, having drive and ambition is great. But it gets drilled in kids’ heads that there is some pressure to constantly be looking for the next move up, to be bigger than life. It wears you down to never be satisfied.
Not everyone is destined for greatness. It just doesn’t suit some people.
There’s nothing wrong with having a quiet life, making enough to get by, having a small apartment where you’re comfortable, and just living. You don’t have to constantly be looking to go onward and upwards. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to just be.
I have a friend I grew apart from years ago. However, I am slowly reconnecting with her. She recently had a baby, who is small and adorable. She messaged me tonight to tell me that she had downloaded Redwall years ago but never read it, (due entirely to my pestering) but since her baby was fussy during feeding sessions, she had started to read it to her because the baby liked the sound of her voice.
Redwall isn’t going anywhere. It’s always going to find its way to people who need it most- even if it’s never as popular as it once was, it’s not going to die either. It lives on in the lives it saved, in the people it inspired to be better people, in the friendships built on it, on the wonderful stories that Redwall sparked that grew up to be their own things and sparked friendships of their own.
You cannot possess me for I belong to myself
But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give
You cannot command me, for I am a free person
But I shall serve you in those ways you require
and the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand.
But there’s more of it?
I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night.
And the eyes into which I smile in the morning.
I pledge to you the first bite from my meat,
And the first drink from my cup.
I pledge to you my living and dying, equally in your care,
And tell no strangers our grievances.
This is my wedding vow to you.
This is a marriage of equals.