“…than all the blue in the world.”

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Female nude, Pablo Picasso

“238. I want you to know, if you ever read this, there was a time when I would rather have had you by my side than any one of these words; I would rather have had you by my side than all the blue in the world.

239. But now you are talking as if love were a consolation. Simone Weil warned otherwise. ‘Love is not consolation,’ she wrote. ‘It is light.’

240. All right then, let me try to rephrase. When I was alive, I aimed to be a student not of longing but of light.”

― Maggie Nelson, Bluets

 

It is difficult, but I am trying to be a student of light.  I find I get caught up in longings, in the ways I wish things could be different.  It is a challenge to be content in the present moment, but I am working at it — every day.

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