Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bring your passion to life, and life will bring your passion to you.

I would rather be ashes than dust! 
I would rather that my spark should burn out 
    in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. 
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom 
    of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. 
The function of man is to live, not to exist. 
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. 
I shall use my time. 
- Jack London
Most people spend a great deal of time and energy protecting themselves from the things they fear. As a result, they don’t really live; they merley survive. In denying their dreams, they sell themselves and their lives short. Life isn’t about pedaling faster to keep up: it’s about soaring beyond the limits you’ve been taught.
When you come to the end of your journey, it won’t be what you did that will cause you regret- it will be what you didn’t do. Don’t compromise your adventure.
(Excerpt from Wisdom of the Heart, by Alan Cohen)
This really spoke to me today. I feel that sometimes I try so hard to keep myself from the possibility of getting hurt, I end up missing out on opportunities. My first real step in overcoming this is a huge one, living in Tanzania for 5 months beginning in June. Nothing like starting large! As this experience draws nearer, I find myself becoming flooded with excitement and anticipation. I know that this journey will not be easy at all times, and at times I’m sure I will wish I was home or having the college experience many of my peers will be having. I also know that if the 2 weeks I spent in Tanzania this summer are anything to judge by, I will have once in a life time moments. I will be overcome with emotion. I will be forever changed. 

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