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“If, as a culture, we don’t bear witness to grief, the burden of loss is placed entirely upon the bereaved, while the rest of us avert our eyes and wait for those in mourning to stop being sad, to let go, to move on, to cheer up. And if they don’t — if they have loved too deeply, if they do wake each morning thinking, I cannot continue to live — well, then we pathologize their pain; we call their suffering a disease.
We do not help them: we tell them that they need to get help.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Hello, fear. Thank you for being here. You’re my indication that I’m doing what I need to do.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“YOU don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. You have to pay your own electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you’ve got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul
“If someone is being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird, you don’t have to take it in. You don’t have to turn it into a big psychodrama about your worth. That behavior so often is not even about you. It’s about the person who’s being unkind or petty or jealous or distant or weird. If this were summed up on a bumper sticker, it would say: Don’t own other people’s crap. The world would be a better place if we all did that.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“The body knows. When your heart sinks. When you feel sick to your gut. When something blossoms in your chest. When your brain gloriously pops. That’s your body telling you the One True Thing. Listen to it.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“We do not have the right to feel helpless. We must help ourselves. After destiny has delivered what it delivers, we are responsible for our lives.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Healing is a small and ordinary and very burnt thing. And it’s one thing and one thing only: it’s doing what you have to do.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Cultivate an understanding that life is long, that people both change and remain the same, that every last one of us will need to fuck up and be forgiven, that we’re all just walking and walking and walking and trying to find our way, that all roads lead eventually to the mountaintop.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. You have a life.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. It can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. It can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor, and loaded with promises and commitments that we may or may not want or keep. The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“To love and be loved. That is the meaning of life.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“It’s folly to measure your success in money or fame. Success is measured only by your ability to say yes to these two questions: Did I do the work I needed to do? Did I give it everything I had?”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal. Therapists and friends can help you along the way, but the healing—the genuine healing, the actual real-deal, down-on-your-knees-in-the-mud change—is entirely and absolutely up to you.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You’ve earned the right to grow.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“What if I forgave myself? What if I forgave myself even though I’d done some things I shouldn’t have? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything different from what I’d done? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if all those things I shouldn’t have done were what got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Accept that someday what pains you now will surely pain you less.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Transformation isn't a butterfly. It's the thing before you get to be a pretty bug flying away. It's huddling in the dark cocoon and then pushing your way out. It's the messy work of making sense of your fortunes and misfortunes, desires and doubts, hang-ups and sorrows, actions and accidents, mistakes and successes, so you can go on and become the person you must next become.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Transformation doesn’t ask that you stop being you. It demands that you find a way back to the authenticity and strength that’s already inside of you. You only have to bloom.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“There are so many things to be tortured about. So many torturous things in this life. Don’t let someone who doesn’t love you be one of them.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Be the captain. You are the captain. Take the ball and run.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“You are obliged to tell the people you’re sleeping with whether or not you’re sleeping with them exclusively. There are no exceptions to this rule. Ever. For anyone. Under any circumstances. People have the right to know if the people they are fucking are also fucking other people. This is the only way the people fucking people who are fucking other people can make emotionally healthy decisions about their lives.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Our most meaningful relationships are often those that continued beyond the juncture at which they came closest to ending.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows, but because of them, that you would not have chosen the things that happened in your life, but you are grateful for them, that you will hold the empty bowls eternally in your hands, but you also have the capacity to fill them?

THE WORD FOR THAT IS HEALING.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“The particularity of our problems can be made bearable only through the recognition of our universal humanity. We suffer uniquely, but we survive the same way.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Ask yourself: What is the best I can do? And then do that.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“That place of true healing is a fierce place. It’s a giant place. It’s a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light. And you have to work really, really, really hard to get there, but you can do it.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“Don’t stay when you know you should go or go when you know you should stay. Don’t fight when you should hold steady or hold steady when you should fight.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
“We don’t reach the mountaintop from the mountaintop. We start at the bottom and climb up. Blood is involved.”
Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough

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