"Why put yourself through all that hurt, through all that cold and all that dark? In my experience — and this is the important takeaway for the kids who read this — it’s so much worse to deny yourself than to be rejected. When you’re rejected, the wound is hot, and the temptation is to cauterize it with whatever will help you forget. But when the wound is cold, when you silence your wild heart, then the color goes out of your life. It becomes gray. And that moment, when you deny the rare passions that make life worth living, is when you begin to die."