Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Adventure

The title for today's post comes from a song by Angels and Airwaves of the same title. Click on the video below to hear the song, which i think conveys a lot of the emotions we all feel about trying to get the most out of life.

Life for me is an adventure. I've learned in my short existence life consists of so many twists and turns, none of which we could ever expect, but when we stumble upon them, we are amazed by what we find. At this point in my life, one filled with critical decisions and explorations of my future could possibly hold, i am inclined to share what i have found to be my most recent definition for what a successful life entails. Though the words are new to me, they were originally written by Ralph Waldo Emerson some 150 years ago.

"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

It's been on my mind a lot lately: how can i make my life a success? What opportunities do i have to make someone's life that much easier? What opportunities have i missed out on? I think there's certain parts of my life that have been very successful. I laugh often and much, and i think i do a decent job of making those around me happier, but there is definitely room for me to improve myself and become the person i want to. Hopefully the adventures that follow in posts to come will document and witness the progress i make in becoming, as Grandpa would say, "all used up."

1 comment:

Melissa said...

That's my boy! I love you...