Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now
— The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (via jeansandsneakers)
Not all who wander are lost.
— J.R.R. Tolkien (via laceofpearls)
I have never really made a post like this, but I decided to switch things up a little…
Since I last posted, a lot of things have changed. First, I graduated college! Finally!!! After 17 years of school I am finally finished, well that is, if I don’t get a masters, which I plan on doing, just not quite yet. Other than graduating, a little more great news came my way. I was invited to serve in the Peace Corps, in Ukraine, as a secondary education English teacher. This is probably the most life-altering news I have ever received.
First off, when I applied to the Peace Corps, in my mind, my dream was always of Africa. For as long as I can remember, I have had a love for Africa, and a dream of going there one day (this dream WILL come true, sooner or later) African people, animals, culture, food, you name it. So when this news came my way, a mix of emotions came with it. At first I was devastated. Along with the devastation, I was confused, curious and overwhelmed to say the least. I had never felt this tidal wave of emotions before. I wasn’t myself, I had to make a decision, accept or reject this invitation, and I had one week to decide. My best friend, Blake, was with me when I got the news about Ukraine, she told me that maybe it was a good thing I wasn’t at home, in my everyday element, to make this decision, and I think she was right, and after a few days of letting the idea linger, and marinate, I came to my senses and accepted the invitation. I have never felt so sure about a decision in my life. I know that this is going to be the most amazing experience of my life, without a doubt. I feel so honored to be given this opportunity, I plan to make everyday, better yet, every second, count.
I am going to start blogging about my adventure from here on out, maybe on a new blog, or just use this one, either way, I plan on writing all about it, every detail.
She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes.
And I knew without askin’ she was into the blues.
She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls,
I knew right away she was not like other girls
I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.
— John Lennon
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
— Bob Marley
the most precious picture ever.