experience

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
I appreciate those text messages that happen late at night. when you’re both talking about the universe, how pissed off certain people make you and how much certain things can make you extremely happy. I love when someone picks my brain, makes me think about situations in ways I probably never would. I appreciate those that stay up speaking to you until 6am when the sun is rising and you could’ve sworn it was still 10pm.
—  LG
I promised a lot.
 But never that I wouldn’t get back up after you knocked me down.

Never that my broken remains wouldn’t catch fire.

Never that I wouldn’t burn through the ice and snow one more time.

And you can slam your glaciers into to me, so slowly, and even though they hurt, I will not go numb from the cold, I will not pass out from the pain, I will look up at you and the world and whisper through bloody teeth, More…
—  Iain Thomas
Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage. For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.
—  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience