Embrace Nature

Embrace Nature

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Expectations

What are your plans?
What do you think you're going to do?
What do you expect?

I hear these questions repeatedly lately, and then I hear:

Don't expect anything.
Erase all your expectations.
Don't ruin the experience with the expectations you've set.

So I think about it.

And I have concluded:

You can expect things. Just be honest with yourself, and know what your own expectations are. Don't tell yourself that you don't expect anything, because that is rarely the case. And I still have to plan.

Oh, don't worry, I'm only expecting...

See? Just fill in the blank. It's always something. Maybe you think it's meaningless. But you'd finish that sentence somehow. I know you'd find a way.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

One for the Hesitant

Don't wait.
Don't second-guess yourself.
Take down the stop signs
and the guard rails.
Move quickly -
almost too fast.
But don't forget
to enjoy it.
You don't know
how long this will last.
This? This time.
This moment.
This life.
Take what you can.
Make what you want.
Fake what you can't.
And live.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Where to?

come down, rain, softly.
tickle the leaves and this grass.
remind me of home.


I think we take vacations as much to get away as we do to be more grateful for our homes. For what would homesickness be without a home? And what would a vacation be without a place to leave?

Tonight, through my open bedroom windows, the night's orchestra contains insects, a breeze and a gentle rain. Every time this symphony plays for me, I feel like a fated character from Greek mythology - someone who falls in love with something that will never stay, and will never understand my obsession.

But aside from stealing my heart, the rain also reminds me of my home. Reminds me of the dark, rainy winters. Reminds me why I love that place so much.

My adventures will take me from the home I have found; I do not yet know how far. But I feel confident that I will return, someday not too long from now.

One Week

It's now been just over a week since my last day of "real work," and I think I've learned 2 great lessons already.

1. You can get a lot for $20. (Ok, this one might just be a re-learn.)

I went to Goodwill and the Salvation Army to get some items for some of my upcoming adventures, and I got about 10 articles of clothing for twenty bucks. And half of those will probably be turned into multiple different clothing possibilities. My whole idea of "shopping" has now been changed, and I can't wait to cut down on my own possessions once I return home.

2. Music is essential, and other people believe this enough to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cause.

I went to an outdoor concert at the renowned Tanglewood. There were thousands of people there. The music was stellar. The show was amazing. The ambience was energizing, yet relaxing at the same time. And the program - the thick paper booklet that they were giving out to all the attendees - was full of the names of people and businesses who donated money so that we could enjoy that beautiful concert in that beautiful place (for a mere $21 - see Lesson #1).


I think music might be a part of the puzzle of world peace. That, and $3 shirts.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This is how it feels right now.

and away she walked
into the world
preparing for anything
everything
hoping for adventure
and still trying to convince herself
to expect heartache
heartbreak
difficulty
frustration
yet unable
to believe
that anything
would be impossible