Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Do Something

There was a phenomenal post from NPR this morning. it was kind of about marie curie, and it was kind of about the mega-rad comic xkcd, and it was kind of about being awesome. 

for anyone out there who has felt that gnawing, tearing, snarling need inside to DO SOMETHING with their life... here's the deal:

Diane of the Dew Drop Inn had a terrific post up the other day about being fearless in what we do, and about continuously re-starting. looking at each day as a beginning. it's been spinning around in me since i read it. 

Whatever it is that is  in you to do, go do it. no matter where you are, or where you've been or who's telling you what to do or how to do it. Do what you do with all that you are. do it for the world that needs passionate people who are committed to something. do it for the nameless people who have done it before. do it because you can't do anything else. 

radiation and resolve,


Jenn Erickson said...

Shawnacy, thank you! That comic really spoke to me. I'm on my way over to read Diane's post as well.


quiverfull said...

it spoke to me too... that line: you dont become great by trying to be great. you become great by wanting to do something and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.... yes yes yes.

so much yes.

diane said...

shawnacy, i am so honored + thrilled that you included me in this post today! thank you for thinking of me.

it is pure joy for me to be able to express what's twirling around in my head + to have it affect or connect with other kindred souls.

i think i was under the impression when i was younger that i would find a "landing space." i imagined i would reach a point where i had most of the "big stuff" figured out + i could just comfortably coast.

but i've discovered in the last few years (especially through teaching) that my thinking was flawed. life is continually a process of discovery, adventure, experiments, reinvention, growth. change is the only constant. the "landing space" i was seeking was internal (inner peace + contentment with "what is") instead of external (career, living situation, finances, spirituality, art...) so realizing this has given me such relief + freedom.

as i approach this next chapter of my life, i am more excited than i have ever been to explore + see what unfolds. i am so grateful to be able to let go of trying reach an impossible "landing space" + just enjoy the beautiful journey.


Sarah said...

I'm graduating in a couple months from university and stuff like this has been weighing HEAVILY on my mind. Balancing passion with pay cheques and ego with expectations. It can be overwhelming!

This reminded me to trust my heart first, head second, and everyone else last. ♥

coffee_pot said...

Well said.