The utility of suffering, then, is the opportunity it affords us to become better human beings. It is the engine of our redemption.
i can't stop thinking about the phrase "be my guest" and how it sounds kinda intimate out of context
Write a journal that is just for you. Read what you love to read. Read what you write aloud. Record that reading and listen to it and note your reactions to your own recorded voice. Practice voicing your opinions. Commit to spending time by yourself, when you just do whatever you want to do, and then time with others, where you try the same. Sing, also, alone or with others. Note the difference between how you might blend your voice in a song, matching tone, and how you sound when you sing by yourself. Like anything else, it is a practice of self-observation
These days, the musician is “just trying to be as honest as possible,” she tells me. “Everything doesn’t have to be cerebral and over-intellectualized for it to be emotionally valuable.”