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Uncharted Waters

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Uncharted Waters

If you’ve ever marveled at a child schuss over the lip of a black diamond ski run or cannonball into a swimming pool, you know the indomitable devil-may-care spirit of childhood. As we grow older, we become tentative. Life, culture, family, school – whatever – teaches us to value safety and predictability. We learn to pick expediency over making tough choices. We shutter our emotions, because being emotional is often seen as a character flaw. We develop rational, safe, predictable patterns in our lives. We become trapped within our comfort zones.

And little by little, we lose our grasp on that unfettered thrill for life.

We get to do this adventure called life only once. There are no do-overs; no gimmes, no second chances. We cannot choose when we are done; it chooses us. Tomorrow, I could discover that I have an incurable disease. Or be in a wreck. Or one of a gazillion bad things might befall me. Then what would have become all my rational choosing and careful planning?

So this is it – my resolution and my aspiration. To live my life with passion and with immediacy. To put myself out there, to lay myself on the line, to wear my heart on my sleeve. There are times that I will fail. Fail spectacularly, even. And that’s okay, as long as it is because I tried. Life isn’t a means to an end. It is the meaning at the end.

 

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January 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

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Lunch, A Tale in 5 Images

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What did you have for lunch today?

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December 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

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Today I

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Hummingbird
went for a short hike. Raucous hummingbirds flitted about me, sometimes so close that I can still feel the buzzing in my ears. I guess they were as excited about seeing me as I was about seeing them.

Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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August 4, 2009 at 7:16 am

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