"I don't want to eke out my life like a resource in short supply. The only selfish life is a timid one. To hold back, to withdraw, to keep the best in reserve, both undervalues the self, and undervalues what the self is.
Here's my life - I have to mine it, farm it, trade it, tenant it, and when the lease is up it cannot be renewed.
This is my chance. Take it."
~ from The Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson