You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.
—Maya Angelou, from Letter To My Daughter
Have you ever had that feeling— that you’d like to go to a whole different place and become a whole different self?
—Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle