“He remained annoyed with himself until he realized not knowing what he wanted was actually quite natural. We can never know what we want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it to our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? Einmal ist keinmal, says Tomas to himself. What happens but once, says the German adage, may as well not have happened at all. If we have only one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all.”—
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
truly one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I’ve ever read.