Unravel me like an open mystery

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I don’t want to stand before you
like a thing, shrewd, secretive.

I want my own will, and I want
simply to be with my will,
as it goes toward action.
And in the silent, sometimes hardly moving times,
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know
secret things or else alone.
I want to unfold.
I don’t want to be folded anywhere,
because where I am folded,
there I am a lie.

 

 

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Learn How to Live: Lesson 4

How to Be Yourself 101

An introductory course on  living

#4

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

The missing pieces of your heart are found on the other side of your deep-seated fears. No matter how long you spend seeking tranquillity in comfort zones, there’s no compromising this truth. Accept this.

 

Learn How to Live: Lesson 3

How to Be Yourself 101

An introductory course on  living

#3

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde

The grim reality of life is that from the moment of birth, we embarked on a journey towards the tomb. You did not choose to live and you don’t choose to die, but the choices in between is what defines you as an individual. You could choose to ignore this fact and conform to unconscientious basic survival by spending your life building someone else’s empire to pay your rent. Or you could actually just  live. Live as if you are the only inhabitant of this world, because you are. You are the only inhabitant of your world.

 

Learn How to Live: Lesson 2

How to Be Yourself 101

An introductory course on  living

#2

Because you are positively affected by praise, you are also negatively affected by criticism. The moment you let someone else’s actions dictate your emotional state, they become your master and you, their unwitting slave.

 

 

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