Shakira Sison

Life will break you

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living
alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its
yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are
here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be
swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or
left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple
tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting
their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

~Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum