“The most terrible and beautiful and interesting things happen in a life. For some of you, those things have already happened. Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.”
Around this time last year, Sugar received a letter from a professor who requested a graduation speech for her English majors, and “DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #72: The Future Has An Ancient Heart” was born. You don’t need to be an English major–or a graduate–to appreciate the advice.