You have a way of stuffing universe-sized emotions into the kiddie-sized-sleeping-bag-case that is my heart. This is easily one of the best things that's been said to me in the last twenty-seven years of my life. This is especially noteworthy because I've only been alive for about half past twenty-five years, so I threw in an extra little bit to let you know how much I like this sentence.
Let's talk about why.
First of all, the imagery. Whoo. Look at that stuff. We have the universe versus a sleeping bag. The biggest of the big against the snuggest of the snug. It's hard to argue that those two are diametrically opposite. One couldn't get any grander; the other couldn't get much smaller. (I think I used that semicolon right, but please don't check me on it. Let me have this one.) That's incredible. What a wonderful picture it paints because it's fitting something that doesn't actually fit, or at the very least shouldn't.
Now before I get too far ahead, I should probably note that I don't think the speaker actually has a sleeping bag sized heart. We all have hearts capable of the universe. That's just the way it is. We're all born with the stars within ourselves. We just have to know where ours are. And find what brings them out of us.
And that's what I actually love about the sentence more than anything. It's a compliment of the grandest scale. For someone to have noticed that I have universe-sized emotions means that I'm capable of displaying them. This is what I want. This is what a writer should be doing. Showing someone the world in twelve point font. Showing someone themselves twelve pixels high when they are actually more complex and beautiful than the largest cosmos.
The sentence has stuck with me for every day since it was said because it gets me. Or at least what I hope to be. It's why I write. To show the universe that even though I'm cynical and whiny and selfish and sometimes downright mean, I recognize the beauty of it all. I may lose sight of it sometimes, but I'm getting better. As the universe expands, so do I. I can only get better from here.