Elsa Holland

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This quote has so much appeal. I wondered about that, why it rang so true for me and many others. Personally I think it speaks to the dilemma that in highly emotional situations you never really know if you are making the right decision.


It’s the hesitation.

The final desperate grip as you both move away.

That moment when the surety of your decision wavers.

The impact of what you are doing hits you and you loose your nerve,

just for a second,

and you tense up and  grab hold.

But it’s too late.

There is a momentum that  you haven’t really committed to stopping.

In the end there is blood on the floor and skin under your nails.

© Elsa Holland

©   Image by Dascha Friedlová




4 thoughts on “Thoughts on a quote by David Foster Wallace

  1. Enjoyed your interpretation…such a great quote! I agree, in some situations you never really know until you’re out of it. Sometimes it’s hard to let go, but once you’ve set a decision in motion, your momentum – as you suggested – carries you.


    1. Elsa Holland says:

      Thx Alex. yes a great quote. I think every time I come across it again it brings up another layer of thought.

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  2. Daisy Banks says:

    A very interesting quote and one I’d like to think on more. Learning to let go isn’t easy but if your hands are full because you can’t let go you can’t touch anything else.


    1. Elsa Holland says:

      That’s definitely true Daisy. I think the thing which captured me were the claw marks. That idea that a part of us wants to hold on and that process of not letting go cleanly and decisively leaves marks. Could be an interesting premise for a second chance love story :-)??


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