|Obsessed. It's not healthy... [source]|
I mean the things-- the desires that have already been on my to-do list for some time... the things I've wanted to improve, wanted to try, wanted to just do.
Here's the (very) short list:
- Practice (more like learn how to play) my guitar.
- Write more letters/postcards/emails. Just be better at keeping in touch.
- Read more. Much more. And much more en español.
- Plan lessons and be the kick-ass teacher I know I could be if I just tried.
- Exercise (SO much more difficult now that the weather is cold)
- And last but not least, give the blogging thing another shot (check!)
|SEMPRE NO CAMIÑO is Gallego for|
Always on the Path. True statement.
According to Petrus, Coelho's guide along the Camino (yes, the author is meant to be the protagonist),
The journey, which prior to this was torture because all you wanted to do was get there, is now beginning to become a pleasure. It is the pleasure of searching and the pleasure of an adventure. You are nourishing something that's very important: your dreams. (56)It is the pleasure of searching and the pleasure of an adventure... How many times and how many different ways have we heard that?
"Life is a journey, not a destination."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive."
Robert Louis Stevenson
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
It is important to have dreams... goals... something upon which we set our sights. Pursuing those with enthusiasm is something Coelho later describes as "fighting the good fight," but I'll save that for another post. For now, I'm focused on this: while having an "end to journey toward" is important, it is equally if not more important to not take the journey itself for granted. Don't you think? The journey is the stuff of life, the substance, the meat and potatoes. And
I feel like I'm starting to ramble... so I'm going to stop before I lose you as a passenger on my train of thought ;)
Two more things before I go:
1. I just remembered this amazing lyrical poet that a friend and her husband (Jessi and Will!) once showed me named Shane Koyczan, and in one of his poems he says the following about life:
It's a game. You play, you win; you play, you lose; you play.Love that. If you'd like to listen to the whole poem, click the link above. Para mis amigos españoles: él habla MUY rápido, así que he incluído una transcripción debajo del vídeo para ayudaros si tenéis dudas. :)
2. I'll leave you with one more quotation... one of my favorites, by Rainer Maria Rilke:
If you have read this entire post, I love you. And I apologize for the winding road my mind tends to travel. It's only madeBe patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live with them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.
If you like thinking and would like to be forced to do more of it, read The Pilgrimage. And read it slowly. Digest it.
Side note: I could probably talk for hours about the things I've read in it... and I'm only halfway through the book. Fair warning: there will probably be more posts...
but for now, that's it. Leave your thoughts, questions, dreams, revelations... lo que quieras :)
Be well, and remember, life is for living!
La vida es para vivir!