I... looked ahead and behind at the empty road and up at the empty sky; the sheer bigness of the world made me feel lonely to the bone. The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility.
Most people yearn for something exceptional, something so inspiring that they'd want to risk everything for that passion, but few would act on it. It was very powerful and intoxicating to be around someone so alive.
Change is not a choice. Not for a species of plant, and not for me.
laroche: You know why I love plants? Because they're so mutable. Adaptation is a profound process. It means you figure out how to thrive in the world. People can't sometimes.
orlean: Well, it's easier for plants; they have no memory. They just move on to what's next. For a person, it's almost shameful to adapt. It's like running away.
s. orleans. the orchid thief.