Taking the Risk
I have studied many times The marble which was chiseled for me-- A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor. In truth it pictures not my destination...But my life. For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment; Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid; Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances. Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life. And now I know that we must lift the sail And catch the winds of destiny Wherever they drive the boat. To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-- It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
This is one of my favorite stories from Spoon River. I love it because it shows the regret from not taking life by the hand and embracing it for all its worth. Don't be afraid of risks, embrace them. Failure, success, pleasure, pain, fear, hope, joy, all help provide us meaning in life. To not engage is to miss out on the spectrum that life can provide us. It's is only by taking chances that we discover who we are and what we are made of.
So we are....taking a risk that is. 30 days. 1 show. Risky? Sure, but that's what keeps life interesting.
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