Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Tennyson (Ulysses)
Please know there are much better things in life than being lonely or liked or bitter or mean or self-conscious. We are all full of shit. Go love someone just because; I know your heart may be badly bruised, or even the victim of numerous knifings, but it will always heal, even if you don’t want it to; it keeps going. There are the most fantastic, beautiful things and people out there, I promise. It is up to you to find them.
The Canadian cartoonist who creates the web-based comic Robot Hugs says of this comic, Nest, that we should surround ourselves with people “who understand the construction and use of nests. It’s… important that they love you enough to hide from the world with you for a bit.”
Get in the trenches with the people you love.
Love is not surrender. Love is furious, brave, and loud.