Last night I was looking up Tom Robbins quotes so that I could share the opening lines of my favourite book, Jitterbug Perfume, with someone (it's the most beautiful ode to beets that I can imagine). As I was getting lost in his playful words and irreverent wisdom, I came across another of my favourite passages from the novel and thought it wastoo good not to share. I hope it inspires you to remember that if you feel crazy or foolhardy chasing your dreams, that it's just a prerequisite of making amazing things happen.
“If you lack the iron and the fuzz to take control of your own life, if you insist on leaving your fate to the gods, then the gods will repay your weakness by having a grin or two at your expense. Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked. The dull and prosaic will be granted adventures that will dice their central nervous systems like an onion, romantic dreamers will end up in the rope yard. You may protest that it is too much to ask of an uneducated fifteen-year-old girl that she defy her family, her society, her weighty cultural and religious heritage in order to pursue a dream that she doesn't really understand. Of course it is asking too much. The price of self-destiny is never cheap, and in certain situations it is unthinkable. But to achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.”
Illustration by Helena Karenina.