Getting Real

I came across this passage today from the Velveteen Rabbit and it really touched me. Thought I would share.




“What is REAL? Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Many times, as we grow older, we believe we lose our vibrancy and vitality and our worth. But as we age, if we can stay strong and resilient, if we can round off our sharp edges and accept life as it comes, we too will become REAL.

During my life, books and reading have helped me become more real. Keep reading, my friends. Books truly are the key to whole new worlds.

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