Today's quote comes from The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I met Walls a few years back when she came to Utah, and I'm currently reading her memoir for the second time, this time for poverty class. There is this beautiful scene where Walls discusses Joshua trees.
"One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight.
Mom frowned at me. "You'd be destroying what makes it special," she said. "Its the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty." "
What I love about this is that I wholly believe that struggle makes us beautiful and interesting and valuable. My favorite people in the world have all worked through lots of shit. Sometimes, we wish life were easy, but when it comes down to it, I think we're really lucky its not.