The Things That Only You Can Do
You can’t do it all. You need to choose what’s most important to you and go after it. And that can change at different points in your life, so it’s important to be flexible and react to the moment. Put your efforts towards the things that are important to you and that you do best, the things that only you can do.
Veronica Corzo-Duchardt interview In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney page 223
You Can Pick Your Friends…
When I was little, my dad used to tell me, “Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” This seemed like a reasonably astute observation to me when I was eight, but it turns out to be incorrect on a few levels. To begin with, you cannot possibly pick your friends, or else I never would have ended up wth Tiny Cooper.
I cracked up after reading the first sentence. I love the feeling of instantly knowing that you’re going to enjoy a book. I often judge a book by its first page and Will Grayson, Will Grayson passed my test after only a sentence.
Page and Person
Or sometimes a book can ambush you. The story may dance around remote lives and times that can never be known, but it whispers intently in your direction. It feels as though only you can truly hear its voice. As the working day forges onwards you and this title are in another dimension, awaiting the moment when you can be alone together. It is as if this book has been sent to you from some cosmic Neverland that exists to marry page and person.
I’m sure you can instantly think of a book that this quote applies to. This particular quote stood out to me because I couldn’t stop thinking about Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour while I was at work. It was like the book was a person who was waiting for me to return home so we could resume a conversation. An amazing feeling!
Did any words of wisdom make an impression on you this month?