At some point, you have to let go of those unrealistic expectations. Things don’t always turn out how you want them to, and there’s no point in repeatedly letting yourself down by continuing to believe in your fantasy.
“The way you step up your game is not to worry about the other guy in any situation, because you can’t control the other guy. You only have control over yourself. So it’s like running a race. The energy that it takes to look back and see where the other guys are takes energy away from you. And if they’re too close, it scares you. So, that’s what I would say to my team all the time: Don’t waste your time in the race looking back to see where the other guy is or what the other guy is doing. It’s not about the other guy. It’s about what can you do. You just need to run that race as hard as you can. You need to give it everything you’ve got, all the time, for yourself.”—Oprah Winfrey
“I lay for a long time in silence, staring at the ceiling. Was my life always to be like this? I wondered. Was it going to go, forever, in an instant, from sunshine to shadow? From pandemonium to loneliness? From fierce anger to a fiercer kind of love?”—Alan Bradley (via creatingaquietmind)
“I still wanted him in my life, needed him, in the primal way you need food when you’re hungry, or a hand in the darkness when you’re scared. I felt a constant, low-flying desperation, the kind you feel when you are trying, trying, trying to get something you will never, ever get. Something that’s being withheld, just shy of your grasp. Maybe I didn’t know how to dislike someone I loved. Maybe I didn’t know how to love someone who kept causing so much pain.”—The Secret Life of Prince Charming,Deb Caletti (via creatingaquietmind)
“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.”—Colette (via creatingaquietmind)