Saturday, February 27, 2010

pick your path

Alright...if there is such a thing as predestination...there's nothing I can do about it now. However, if it all up to me...then my work lies ahead of me. 

So if you did get to choose BEFORE you were born, if you really had a say in if you were going to have a say or not...what would it be?

Personally, I'm going to have to settle with predestination. Not only do I constantly find myself mentally saying "everything happens for a reason" but I find myself consistently messing up. To know it has nothing to do with me...well, I'll take it. But does that mean I can never truly learn from my mistakes?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

the way things were

The most alive I have ever felt was standing in the middle of an ancient villa in the ruins of Pompeii. It almost brought me to tears. I felt like I was more connected to the world as I had ever and would ever be. Why?
It was the idea that people...2,000 years ago...had actually seen what I was seeing and stood where I was standing. What I would give to have that feeling with me every second of the day. 
How incredible would it be to live in a house whose walls had seen children grow up just as you were, families starting just as yours would be and new lives coming in and out. How magical to go to a school where knowledge had flowed in and out for centuries. How inspiring. 
It is now a rarity to be able to visit the house your grandmother grew up in or even to see the drug store your mother ordered "soda" at in her cat-eye glasses. But much more connected, meaningful and beautiful the world would be...if we kept things the way they were.