A period of darkness is essential in order to expand personal awareness. Experiencing sadness and loss makes a person appreciative of life, more tenderhearted, and open to living life as an ecstatic journey of discovery.
~ Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
When I was your age, a writing teacher told me that everything funny is a little sad, and everything sad is a little bit funny. For some reason this keeps coming back to me as I think about your graduation. Maybe every joy carries a bit of regret.
~ Kristin van Ogtrop, “A Letter of Apology to a Son Graduating from College”, Time (April 24, 2017)