“A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.”
C JoyBell C
“I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Missing lots of people and incredibly excited to be making plans to see some of them soon!
“Youth is wasted on the young, before you know it’s come and gone.”
Robbie Williams, Eternity
Today is saw my two younger cousins all grown up, entering the next stage of their adulthood. It made me feel very proud of them, but also very old and not the child I imagine myself to be – I remember when they were both born!
“If you speak to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head; if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.”
I actually quoted this in my personal statement for my university application, which I came across today, and it reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Languages are very powerful, allowing communication, expression, emotion, care and structure – from running a government to international relations, to relationships. I love that by learning new words, grammar, idioms and expressions, I can convey so much to so many people. Just the other day, I spent 20 minutes speaking German on the phone and managed to book some train tickets, as well as have a laugh and a joke with the German man on the other end!