Some books might not get you any smarter, but they will definitely get you to the end! Some might not offer you much wisdom, but they can definitely inspire you like nothing else to learn. Below are some lessons books taught us about life:
1- it’s never something huge that changes everything, but instead the tiniest of details, irrevocably tweaking the balance of the universe while you’re busy focusing on the big picture.
2- Someone to come home to and have dinner with, to leave a note for. Such simple things, and yet in the end, they were the true proof of a real life.
3- Not everything is perfect, especially at the beginning. And it’s all right to have a little bit of regret every once in a while. It’s when you feel it all the time and can’t do anything about it… that’s when you get into trouble.
4- You get what you give, but also what you’re willing to take.
5- You don’t have to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. But you don’t have to assume the worst about everyone, either. The world isn’t always out to get you. The point is there’s no way to be a hundred percent sure about anyone or anything.
6- You can’t really know anyone just from his words or his habits. It’s just a tiny part of who they are.
7- Some people aren’t too busy for a relationship as they might claim. Everyone is busy, but they might be really just scared. For it’s not love that hurts, it’s rather putting yourself out there, opening up to someone and then getting disappointed that hurts. But risk is just part of relationships. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.
8- There are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do, it just doesn’t happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they’re important ones… you might as well hold on to them.
9- The idea of distance and accomplishment is that the further you go, the more you have to be proud of. At the same time, in order to come a long way, you have to be behind to begin with. In the end, though, maybe it’s not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all.
10- We can’t expect everybody to be there for us, all at once. So it’s a lucky thing that really, all you need is someone.
11- What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, as well as the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them were perfect, and we couldn’t expect them to be. You couldn’t make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build a world from it.
12- Needing is so easy; it came naturally, like breathing. Being needed by someone else, though, that is the hard part. But as with giving help and accepting it, we had to do both to be made complete, like links overlapping to form a chain, or a lock finding the right key.
13- Being adopted felt like reading a book that had the first chapter ripped out. You might be enjoying the plot and the characters, but you’d probably also like to read that first line, too. However, when you took the book back to the store to say that the first chapter was missing, they told you they couldn’t sell you a replacement copy that was intact. What if you read that first chapter and realize you hated the book, and posted nasty review on Amazon? What if you hurt the author’s feelings? Better just to stick with your partial copy and enjoy the rest of the story.
14- Identification is not the same as knowing someone through and through. The man you fell in love with years ago might look the same and speak the same and smell the same yet be completely different.