Smart impresses me, strength of character impresses me. But most of all, I am impressed by kindness. Kindness, I think, comes from learning hard lessons well, from falling and picking yourself up. It comes from surviving failure and loss. It implies an understanding of the human condition, forgives its many flaws and quirks. When I see that in someone, it fills me with admiration.
When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time - not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a bit of a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.
Really try and hold sacred the fact that this is one year out of a long happy life. You have so much more to experience than just this moment. And this moment might actually, genuinely suck.. But in the long run, you’re going to come out on top. As long as there IS a long run. That’s the only guarantee you can give yourself.