This Medium article is twisting my heart left and right.
American abolitionist and author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, once said, “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” At first I liked the quote, then I didn't, and now I do. At first I thought it was profound, which it is- but then I began interpreting it how I'd imagine our generation would... as an excuse to follow pleasures, simple goals, etc. It was tempting to illustrate parts of my future under this quote. What will be the words that may go unsaid, what deeds may be left undone? I didn't like it, It made me want to give up on the pursuit of my life right now, because just scenes of a more idealistic lifestyle just rushed through my mind, like flipping through a scrapbook made of daydreams. It just felt so shallow, but then I saw a deeper challenge. I think how you look at the ambiguous elements of the quote changes everything about it. Instead of seeing the thing as a youthful and immature quote that inspires me to take that trip across sea's, or say yes to the next costume party because I don't want it to become a deed undone. No no- the quote hits so much deeper. I think it states a grim reality to challenge us to a certain boldness. Stowe was a believer, which must mean when she talks about words to speak and deeds to do she must be talking about a greater good... That instead, we should act, make sacrifices, be bold, have faith rather pursuing the more obvious pleasures or simply doing things you wouldn't normally do. Ah, the ambiguity of the quote did so much good and bad- it is profound but it can be so easily misinterpreted. Harriet Beecher Stowe you are awesome.
The rest of the article is incredible- much more insightful than I could ever be. I made a fancy photo link for your convenience below~