You Start Dying Slowly

you start dying slowly

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits, Walking every day on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colors Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion, and their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten and your heartbeat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself, at least once in your lifetime, To run away from sensible advice.

-Pablo Neruda

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