“Playing basketball in high school taught me about who I was and what I could do, and I’m glad it’s played a positive role in your life as well.” —President Obama responding to a letter from a high school basketball player
always been weirdly connected to Peter Pan, especially Tinkerbell.
When I turned fifteen, at midnight, I listened to “I’ll Try”
from Return to Neverland, as almost a farewell to my childhood, as if
to remind me that it’s okay to grow up, but to make sure I never
stop believing in fairies.”
I would give anything to go back to Austria. Not only was it the most beautiful place in the world I have ever been, it was a place where I felt connected to the earth and connected to my faith and my soul.
It made me appreciate life so much more, and it gave me a thirst for travel and learning.
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel
responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is
bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the
Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the
world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst