Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.

Albert Camus, “Notebooks, 1951-1959”

Spectacular advice for restless, romantic 20-somethings who feel as though they must always be doing, must always be social, must always be meaningful. Moments of contentment and solitude nurture the soul. And they have meaning. Your life will be as charmingly romantic as the lenses you wear allow it to be, so appreciate the quiet moments as much as the loud ones.

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