“When my mother’s Alzheimers got bad, I was going through her bills and I found a note pad. Written on it were the words, “Important! Tell Meredith not to…” And, that was it. She never finished that sentence. Tell Meredith not to what? Not to drink too much? Not to pet strange dogs? Not to give her heart away? Not to leave the sprinklers on? We didn’t exactly talk a lot in those days. I regret that. I wish we had.“
“I think about my mom’s note all the time - "Tell Meredith not to…” Not to cave? Not to care? Not to give up so easily? Not to fall in love? Not to have children? Not to tell a lie? She left me wondering what to do, what not to do. She left me knowing everything was up to me, and me alone. And, she left me with no one to ask so I would decide what she meant to write. Tell Meredith not to be afraid. Goodbye mom.“
grey’s meme· characters [5/9] · meredith grey ↳“At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that’s how we’re made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here’s what I know. If you’re willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side… is spectacular.”
Just when we think we have figured things out, the universe throws us a curve ball. So we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find our way back to things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way. Sometimes, it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong.
↳ Maybe Romeo and Juliet were fated to be together, but just for a while, and then their time passed. If they could have known that beforehand, maybe it all would have been okay. Even now, I believe that for the most part, love is about choices. It’s about putting down the poison and the dagger and making your own happy ending…most of the time. And that sometimes, despite all your best choices and all your best intentions… fate wins anyway.
“They say love knows no bounds…I don’t know about that. I feel like I’ve seen the bounds and pushed them a couple of times. Love definitely has bounds. I’ve seen where it ends.”
“Love has boundaries. We know this. We knock them down, build them back up, then knock them down again. But does it have to be that way? Can’t we learn? Can’t we be brave? Can’t we believe? Because, maybe that’s all we need - a little courage, a little hope, a little belief. Maybe there are no boundaries if we choose to not see them. Maybe love is unlimited if we’re just brave enough to decide love is limitless. Maybe there’s enough happy for everyone. Or maybe…give me a minute.”
Meredith: [voiceover] There’s another way to survive this competition. A way no one ever seems to tell you about. One you have to learn for yourself. Number five: It’s not about the race at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved. And once in a while, if you’re smart, the life you save could be your own.
Grey’s Anatomy: Meredith Grey - 01x03 Winning a Battle, Losing the War
Just when we think we’ve figured things out, the universe throws us a curve ball. So we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find our way back to the things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way, sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong.
Lexie: Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone. Mark: It isn’t just death we have to grieve. It’s life. It’s loss. It’s change. Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime. Izzie: That’s how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can’t breathe, that’s how you survive. Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won’t feel this way. It won’t hurt this much. Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everybody, in its own way. Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is to try for honesty. Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can’t control it. Arizona: The best we can do is to try to let ourselves feel it when it comes. Callie: And let it go when we can. Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you’re past it, it starts all over again. Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: [voiceover] Intimacy is a four syllable word for “Here is my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger, and enjoy.” It’s both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with, and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to life three R’s… relatives, romance, and roommates. There are some things you can’t escape. And other things you just don’t want to know.
Grey’s Anatomy: Meredith Grey - 01x04 No Man’s Land
At the end of the day when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to someone. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it’s usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to and once we’ve chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them, the people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping and sure sometimes close can be too close but sometimes that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need.
Meredith Grey (3x10 - ”Don’t Stand So Close To Me”)
Did you say it? ‘I love you. I don’t ever want to live without you. You changed my life.’ Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow.
Any day where no one died is a good day. Someone said that once. Wait, it was me. I said it. Any day you wake up and your body’s still moving is a good day. You can start over. You can forget your past mistakes. You can make a new start, live every day like it’s your last. All that crap they put on pillows and car bumpers. It’s all true. You’re alive, respect that. Not everybody is
Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy 12x12 - “My Next Life“)
They say life doesn’t give you second chances. But we do. Surgeons do. You break a bone, we put it back together. You bleed, we make it stop. You flatline, we resuscitate you. But as much as we give people second chances, surgeons don’t usually get them, because the kind of mistakes we make, are sometimes impossible to recover from.
It’s hard to give second chances. It’s even harder to ask for them. A chance to do it again, knowing what you know now, what you’ve learned. A chance to do it completely differently. A chance to right our wrongs, to try and correct our mistakes. A chance to try and start over, from scratch.
Meredith Grey (11x07 - “Could We Start Again, Please?”)
Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can’t have. Desire leaves us heartbroken, it wears us out. Desire can wreck your life. But as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most are those who don’t know what they want.
Meredith: They say lightning never strikes twice, but that’s a myth. It doesn’t happen often. Lightning usually gets it right the first time. When you’re hit with 30 amps of electricity you feel it. It can make you forget who you are, can burn you, blind you, stop your heart and cause massive internal injuries. It can change your life forever.
Grey’s Anatomy: Meredith Grey - 07x02 Shock to the System