Beware of Life
One of the very best essays I have read on the business of life.
I don't think of myself as particularly courageous or adventurous. My late cousin Coralee has always been my definition of adventurous - she lived a life full of changes, challenges and stress, but also wonderfully full of love, joy and creative expression. When I went to visit her in 2002, I was on the brink of making a big decision. Spending three weeks with her in the deserts of Namibia was a formative experience and I came away from that trip with a better idea of who I am, and what I wanted from life. When I left she gave me a small envelope which said - DO NOT OPEN UNTIL YOU GET HOME. Once home I opened it and inside there were 6 pair of beautiful little green tourmaline gems, and a single word. "Remember". And I do.
I went ahead with my decision to marry yet again. The ring on my finger has three of those gems, and an engraved reminder: "Memento Audare Sempre"
Remember always to dare.