You don’t have to explain your life

You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.

You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.

… I hope when people ask what you’re going to do with your English degree you’ll say: “Continue my bookish examination of the contradictions and complexities of human motivation and desire”; or maybe just: “Carry it with me, as I do everything that matters.”

–Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things



2 thoughts on “You don’t have to explain your life

  1. UM March 20, 2016 / 6:11 am

    Carry it with you!
    I have. I do. I love it.


  2. Mita Rosas March 20, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    I enjoyed Wild and love the Dear Sugar articles of her that I’ve read. Thanks for sharing this gem it’s lovely and always good to hear when I feel down about having a bunch of debt and a BA in Art and Design with a concentration in Photography and a double major in German Studies.


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