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You start dying slowly

By Pablo Neruda.

This is taken from the Get up and Go Diary for Busy women.

You start dying slowly, if you do not travel,

If you do not read,

If you do not listen to the sounds of life

If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly when you kill your self-esteem

When you do not let others help you,

You start dying slowly if you become a slave to your habits,

Walking everyday on the same paths,

If you do not change your routine,

If you do not wear different colours

or you do not speak to those you do not know.

You start dying slowly if you avoid passion

and its turbulent emotions,

Those that make your eyes glisten and your heart beat fast

You start dying slowly, if you do not change your life

When you are not satisfied with your job

Or with your love, or with your surroundings.

If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,

If you do not go after a dream,

If you do not allow yourself, at least once in your lifetime

to run away from sensible advice.

You die from your feet up. Get moving


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