Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
We are all given inspiration. It comes in all forms, but no matter the source, inspiration makes you believe all things are possible. We are emboldened. Yet we don't always act. Why is that? Fear. It must be fear.
At the end of this year, I have two different paths for my future. There is the safe one. It is clearly lined with traffic signs, and has been traveled frequently by the people I am surrounded by each day. Those travelers advocate for their way. However, I have listed the pros and cons of my current path and have found that the only pro is stability. The other option is to head through the woods on my own, clearing a path as I go. The darkness is scary yet seductive.
At heart, I am an explorer. In college, I couldn't settle on just one thing to study. Each class I took made me want to learn more. I ended my four years at JMU with two degrees and three minors. I couldn't stop adding onto my plate. It was a lot of work, but I was satisfied with the results. I was proud. Now, four years out of college, I look back and wonder why I stopped striving. That's not an entirely fair assessment. I did things. I went places. I got my master's degree. I bought a house. I got married. I get that. I am happy with each of those things.
The thing is... I have a day job. In fact, I have three degrees in a relevant field. I am invested in it. I am comfortable here. At the end of the year, the current session is over. It's a time for new beginnings. New members come in, others leave, and at the end of the day, thousands of jobs will change hands. People expect the changes. It's the ideal time to walk away, to take a 90 degree turn and head directly into the woods, to create the future I want, to strive for more, to be more, to do more.
So why do I feel like I'll never break away? Like I am destined not to finish the race I want to run? Fear. Mentally, I tell myself that stability can't be better than happiness. But how would I know that? I've never leapt without a net. I skydived once, but I had a parachute and an instructor strapped tandem to me. When I looked over the ledge of the plane, staring 13,500 feet to the ground, my immediate thought was 'why on earth did I think this was a good idea?' Tying myself to that instructor prevented me from chickening out. He pushed me over the ledge.
In couple months, I will be standing at that ledge, alone.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The moment of silence. It was followed by a round of God Bless America, sung by Congressmen, veterans, and protesters. It was perhaps the most unified moment I've seen.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Really do come true.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
You can vote for your favorite couple on the Katie Jordan Photography --- Inspired by You, Photographed by Katie facebook page. (You must be a fan of the page for your vote to count!) All you have to do is click 'like' under your favorite's photo. You can vote for multiple couples... because, quite frankly, it's so hard to choose. Voting ends on September 12, so get to it!
Without further ado, meet the fabulous contestants!
BRITTANY AND DAVID:
(I promise not to give preferential treatment for her having a fabulous name)
(I love alliteration)
(Guess what?... Mabel is 7 months pregnant!)