Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving

deep blue water ripples

Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle

Silence spread around Tiffany, a living silence, while the sheep danced with their lambs and the world turned.

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

The words ran through Tiffany’s mind as she watched the sheep, and she found herself filling up with joy — at the new lambs, at life, at everything. Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.

“I’ve come back!” She announced to the hills. “Better than I went!”

by Terry Pratchett (born 28 April 1948)
from Hat Full of Sky (Discworld Novel) (2004)
chapter – Hat Full of Sky
image – The Big Quack

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