"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."
This quote is one of my favorites from a book called The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Perhaps you've heard of it. It wasn't until I was 26 (I'm 27 now) that I read The Little Prince. During my travels around Europe last year, a lovely person named Zannie introduced me to the quote written above. Upon returning to the U.S., The Little Prince was one of the first books I read.
For me, the big takeaway is not losing perspective as we grow up. We are constantly changed and shaped by our experiences - this doesn't mean we have to suddenly have no awareness of the people/places/things that surround us.
I recently came across an article called '11 Ways 'The Little Prince' Prepared Us for Adulthood' and felt compelled to share a few of the points:
- Remember to look beyond the surface.
- Don’t hide your true feelings; it will cost you everything that is important.
- Judge yourself before you judge others.
- There is very little substance in coveting the admiration of others.
- You should never take yourself too seriously.
- Don’t forget to enjoy your life — take a moment and take it all in.
- Follow your instincts to explore.
- Care for the the things you have, for they cannot be replaced.
- Sometimes you have to let those you love fly free.