I used to think that when you got old, you envied the young. But now I see that you only ever envy yourself and who you used to be. You only ever look at young people and wonder how you survived all that.
The great feminist author and critic Gloria Steinem did a television interview shortly after she lost her husband. The interviewer asked her if she was depressed.
'I’m not depressed,' she said. 'I’m sad.'
The interviewer asked her the difference. ‘When you’re depressed, nothing has any meaning,’ she replied. ‘When you’re sad, everything does.’
That’s the problem with heartbreak: to you it’s like an atomic bomb and to the world it’s just really cliché, because in the end we all have the same experience.