One of my Patreon patrons just sent me this quote of unknown origin. I was able to trace it here, but it's unclear who the author is. Nonetheless, it's beautiful.
"We write because we die.
Words are an attempt to hold the moment, tho even as we hold it, it passes..
And we know it.
Writing is a balm for grief.
Its only two subjects are death and love..
Or love and death:
Eros and Thanatos... which are aspects of each other.
We only grieve where we have loved, and only love where there is the potential for grief.
Yet we also know that life is a process of learning non-attachment because all things pass, flow, elude our grasp.
This is our human dilemma.
We are attachers who must learn non-attachment, lovers who must learn to let go,
And grievers who must learn the deep joy that underlies grief.
So, we patch grief with proverbs, knowing that the patches barely cover our wounds.
The wounds themselves are precious.
They hurt us into healing."