This was a whole world, the world he’d been born into, and there was so much of it he had not seen. Instead he was going to see seas with mermaids, harpies in the trees, trolls in the mountains. In five years or even ten, when the wars came, he would be there. He could have done something in this world, and he was not going to do it. He was going to do something else, and in choosing one path, another was lost. He spared a moment to feel something almost like grief.
Sarah Rees Brennan, The Turn of the Story (via rafaelgivinglight)
I love fantasy because you can use it to talk about real life–we are all giving up radiant possibilities when we make our life choices, and it’s hard!