“One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice
… little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world …”

Mary Oliver “Journey”

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