When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable.
—  Madeleine L'Engle
Anyone who puts their lives at risk to speak out about an injustice. It’s one thing for someone like me to sit at my laptop or in this case, on my phone on a plane, answering questions and voicing opinions about this or that, but it’s an entirely different universe for someone like Malala Yousafzai to stand up publicly and speak out about equality in education for girls and women in her country where women have at times been banned from getting an education. That is a courage I question if I even possess. There are many women and men around the world who risk their lives on a daily basis to get people of influence to pay attention. That is work that transcends my experience and I am in awe.
—  Gillian Anderson answering “Whose work inspires you the most?” Quora Q&A (x)

It took me years to realise that living a simple life is not about what I can live without but about efficiently organising the important stuff to ensure that I don’t have to live without anything. And once we are clear about our priorities and purpose, we are better able to recognise our obstacles. I dedicate a couple of hours a week to plan my life, discard the unnecessary, pencil in the stuff I miss and just enjoy a pot of tea while looking very thoughtful. Living fuller doesn’t have to mean busy. And slowing down doesn’t need to be boring. Make this year about you, recognise the toxic and create space for what empowers you.

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