tiny beautiful things.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

i originally picked up this book when i spotted it on my girl tp's instagram {and oh thank heaven for instragram! i know you're all with me on that one}.

cheryl strayed is a bit of a luminary in my book {no pun intended}. she also wrote wild, a take of her trek up the pacific coast trail alone. she's one of those writers where you simply can't wait to get to the next word because each sentence is filled with such wisdom and honesty that you know you'll be a better person for having finished it.

tiny beautiful things is a compilation of advice columns cheryl wrote in response to hundreds of letters she received at the rumpus. yes, she's an advice columnist. dear sugar...

i'm only sixty pages in, but i knew this book was for me when i read this...

love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. it can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. it can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted with betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor, and "loaded with promises and commitments" that we may or may not want or keep. the best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love. 

my most favorite writers are speaking to me, i know it. i am secretly incredibly envious of their ability to articulate thoughts, that i want to devour every single ounce of every single word they've ever written in hopes that their skill will seep into my being and enable me to do the same with my own voice. because, articulation, oh it's the hardest part of this whole writing thing. i want you, my dear readers, to feel as if i'm speaking to you, just as i feel these authors are speaking to me. i owe it to you!

so, pick up a copy today, you won't regret it. and p.s. check out one of her many interviews with oprah. in honor of cheryl's token endearment, goodnight, sweet peas.


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