“Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.”
― Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
- I’ve been reading Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air this week. After certain passages I pause and take deep breaths, reading his insights and reflecting. I urge you to pick his book up today and you will understand how some people, indeed, leave the world in a better place.
Image: Sunrise, Woods and Fog in the Air by David Foster via Flickr