“no” is a complete sentence

"I was driving home the other day when I had an epiphany – I don’t have to live my life for other people. This isn’t a new thought and it’s certainly not unique. It’s an idea I’ve been exposed to repeatedly but have failed to execute; however, there, on the side of the road as I pulled the mail out of the mailbox, it came to me again and this time I felt it in my bones. Suddenly, it seemed visceral."

it’s a noisy world

"we had a power outage a few weeks ago that lasted for eight hours. fortunately, the weather was fine – if you must have a protracted loss of power, i recommend early october...i remember thinking how quiet it was and how peaceful. the lack of sound was pure bliss. i didn’t even know it was something i needed until i came across it."