My dear,

You are Columbus.

You are the steerer of ships and the destination is the New World, of you. The New World is everything you want to be, and the ocean is the accumulation of all the hardships you’re going to face on the way. It won’t be easy, the oceans of life forgive no one.

But you’re going to face them, and you’re going to have to face them head on and without help from the old-lands (from the old you, with your old-ways). You’re going to have to lose all those little habits you’re fond of now, in order to be tested and to develop new and better ones on the voyage. You’re going to have to stop looking back to head forward.

People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Remember, you are Columbus. And you’re in search of the New World, the New and Better You.

Falsely yours,
André Paul Guillaume Gide