5.31.2017

A Poem For You...

I came across this poem the other day and I wanted to share it with you guys!

I have studied many times 
The marble which was chiseled for me-
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor
In truth it pictures not my destination
But my life. 
For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances. 
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life. 
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat. 
To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, 
But without meaning is the torture 
Of restlessness and vague desire - 
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid. 

- Edgar Lee Masters: "George Gray" from Spoon River Anthology

So I read this poem and absolutely loved it. The author is supposed to be writing after his death, looking back on his life. As someone who is always cautious and looking for reasons for things to go wrong (hey, we can't be positive all the time), this poem really spoke to me. Living life without taking chances, without opening yourself up to love, sorrow, or ambition, without embracing madness, will lead to being "a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid". This is a message I need to remind myself  of all the time and I think the poet puts it into words beautifully. I wanted to share this poem with you guys not only as a reminder, but also as a call to action. Something that's taken me way too long to figure out is that no one's going to "do it" for you. You have to put meaning into your own do life, do things that make you happy, and just live a little! Sorry if this was a little bit of a random and preachy post, but I just wanted to share this with you guys and hear your thoughts!

XOXO,

Samantha

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