If I could only choose three, what would they be?
I choose nature for its wonder, its summer skies and spring thunder, that feeling when the wind blows my hair, how the waves are strong, but somehow peaceful, how each creature has a purpose, from the giants of the sea to the tiny beetle.
I choose people, for the way that they can love, learn and grow. For the moments they create, and the strength they can show. For the will to do good, for the will to believe, the ability to move on, the ability to grieve, to comfort, to hold, to say I love you when I am young and still mean it when I'm old.
I choose something bigger, something I can't describe, something that found me in darkness and brought me into light. I choose something I can't prove, but something I can't deny. A quiet whisper, a peaceful mystery, an open eye. Something that holds it all but chooses not to control, something that breaks me down, something that makes me whole.
My heart is split between many and yet somehow complete.
What makes one love? What makes your heart beat?
-Nathanael T. Presley, "What makes your heart beat"
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