“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves,
like locked rooms
and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers,
which cannot be given you
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is,
to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then gradually,
without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke
Oh man, this quote, every time, if only!
Whenever I'm in the midst of what I'd consider an existential crisis (which is probably more often than it should be), this quote reminds me to just tuck my questions into my pocket and remember that life is moving, every second of every day.
I could sit and search for answers, but that's not how you get answers. At least it's never worked that way for me. The more pressure I put on something the less like it is to crack, but if I stop, live my life, I'll stumble into a solution and by that point it usually doesn't even matter anymore (ha).
Funny how that works, all of life will be better once I solve this one riddle, until the next riddle and the one after that, but life is the riddles, the nuances, and the moments in between one exciting paradigm and the next. The moments of stillness, seemingly pointless, the moments when you're forced to be patient, are when you'll see who you really are, your strengths, your demons and places to breathe in a little new light.
So, don't be so quick to run from the shadows, but rather gently stroll through noticing the absence of light, remembering all that is unresolved in your heart is sacred, like it or not.