My dear,

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

Doesn’t that just open your eyes?!

Don’t you see?! Going with the stream, not acting against it, that’s not life!

The only place in which life is a constant is in those beings that go against the stream. That girl who wants to be president even though everyone mocks her – she’s alive! That boy who follows his heart rather than money in his career (like most others) – he’s alive!

Go against the stream! Be alive! You will not know whether or not you’re alive until you do.

Falsely yours,
Gilbert Keith Chesterton