“After a while you learn the subtle difference,
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean sex,
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts,
And presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats,
With your head up and your eyes open.
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn,
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth,
And you learn and learn,
With each day you learn.”
~ Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) was a Argentinian poet, writer and essayist.