I've been listening to NPR's Book podcast, and heard Louise Erdrich read this from her latest novel The Painted Drum. I've been pondering the meaning, and hope it is meaningful to you as well.
Near the end of the novel, Faye Travers says:
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that.
And living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with it’s yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.”