When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
— via Austin Kleon’s touching eulogy to Mary Oliver.
P.S. Also love her instructions for living a life.
- Pay attention.
- Be astonished.
- Tell about it.
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