Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Life is dangerous. Life is risky. It's worth it.

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.


Unknown said...

Remember always to dare and always forget to doubt. I need that engraved behind my eyelids. Lovely post!

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