“How many women wrote beautiful novels and stories and poems and essays and plays and scripts and songs in spite of all the crap they endured. How many of them didn’t collapse in a heap of ‘I could have better than this’ and instead went right ahead and became better than anyone would have predicted or allowed them to be. The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It’s not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And ‘if your Nerve denies you’ as Emily Dickinson wrote, ‘go above your Nerve.’ Writing is hard for every last one of us – straight white males included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.” (Cheryl Strayed)
"I hope you mine your broken beating heart. I hope you see your gifts in its cracks. I hope you share them – freely and passionately without expectation."