She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none. Even in love, she failed to commit herself. She feared pain, loss and separation. Thing inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of advoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes in order no to see the bad things in life.
You had to take risk, following some paths and abandoning others. That was the law of life.
She remembered when she was about fourteen, and she was complaining
about not being able to do a piece of homework, because every time she
started, it went wrong.
'Perhaps the times when it goes wrong are teaching you something,'
said her father. But she was sure that she's taken the wrong path and
that there was no way to put things right.
Her father took her by the hand and led her into the living room.
There was a large antique grandfather clock, which had stopped years
before because it could no longer be repaired.
"Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong, my dear,' said her father. 'Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.'
-Brida by Coelho