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?”)
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
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.”
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“)
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.
When we’re headed toward an outcome that’s too horrible to face, that’s when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you’re after - the truth. But the truth isn’t where it ends, that’s just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions.
Sometimes the past is something you just can’t let go of. And sometimes the past is something we’ll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present.