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Today’s quote is brought to you by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, one of my favourite books:
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
– Sylvia Plath
First of all, I know that was quite the lengthy quote so congratulations if you read all that. The Bell Jar is about a young woman who is essentially going through an existential crisis, as you can tell by the quote. It’s hard to admit this, but sometimes I feel like how the main character, Esther, feels in this quote. Going through life and growing up, it feels like you have to pick and choose what and who you want to be which is hard when you’re not sure what you want / are scared that if you choose one thing, you’ll miss out on a million others.
Let this be a reminder that it’s okay to be confused sometimes, and that not everything you want to achieve out of life has to be mutually exclusive. The best way I can describe it is with another quote that goes, “Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” It’s inevitable that you’re going to strike out once in a while, but playing the game is half the fun and as long as you’re in it, you might as well create an adventure out of it.