And I Am Horribly Limited

Sylvia Plath offers a new perspective on acting on one's desires


“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.” – Sylvia Plath


  Since reading this quote, I have not been able to get it out of my mind. It has impacted me in innumerable ways, and it’s definitely something worth sharing.

  Sylvia Plath has captured the essence of what it truly means to have such a vast number of desires and being unable to act on each and every one. There are so many things people want to do in their lifetime, so many things to experience. Realistically, there is no way to accomplish all of these goals set, and live many unique lives in your single life.

  How do you know you’re making the right choices? What if when you’re older you look back on something you did and wish you could have said something different or done something different?

  Reading this quote has instilled a new fear in me: the fear that all the limitations I have in my life will keep me from being truly happy. My mind is constantly in the future, thinking ahead. I’ve never really stopped to think about this current moment, and how it will impact me now. I’m always thinking, “Will this look good on a college resume?” rather than thinking about my mental health or my personal happiness.

  That is not the way to live life. In the wise words of Sylvia Plath, you are horribly limited. You may not have the chance to live the different lifestyles you please, but it is important to think about what you can do with the life you have been given.

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