"This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature"

Mes: octubre, 2015

On pain and empathy

“We shouldn’t have to turn every scar into a joke. We shouldn’t have to be witty or backtrack or second-guess ourselves when we say, this shit hurtWe shouldn’t have to disclaim- I know, I know, pain is old, other girls hurt– in order to defend ourselves from the old litany of charges: performative, pitiful, self-pitying, pity hoarding, pity mongering. The pain is what you make of it. You have to find something in it that yields. I understood my guiding imperative is: keep bleeding, but find some love in the blood.”

Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams

Cadaqués, 2015

Cadaqués, 2015

(*)I ain’t done much healing


The tiny beautiful things

“I’ll never know, and neither will you of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”

“The narratives we create in order to justify our actions and choices become in so many ways who we are. They are the things we say back to ourselves to explain our complicated lives.”

Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

Bajo el cielo de Madrid, 2015

Bajo el cielo de Madrid, 2015

(*)I can’t keep repeating the mistakes of my youth