Wednesday, May 5, 2010

easier said than done, Thoreau

One of my favorite quotes of all time is this one by Henry David Thoreau: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you've imagined."

I'm just now starting to realize that this quote isn't an easy one to live by... especially if you are a "what if" person like I am.

As Steve and I approach our 1st wedding anniversary we are also coming closer to the one year mark since our move to Savannah. This brings up all sorts of questions regarding future plans and what our next steps will be. Is my job going to be extended after the grant runs out? Should I look for a job in Savannah or Atlanta? Should we attempt to move in the next six months or stick it out for another year? Are we saving enough for the next transition?

It's easy to say "Go confidently in the direction fo your dreams", but finding that confidence to keep moving forward (which, if anyone was wondering, is the direction of our dreams) is really difficult some days. Sometimes moving forward in the direction of our dreams takes us through places that we never in a million years imagined we would ever be.

That's where I'm at right now. Someplace I honestly never thought I would be and trying to stay focused on the direction we're headed, towards the life we've imagined. If nothing else, I've got an incredibly loving and sweet traveling partner who helps encourage me through the difficult times.

Anyone else have a quote they try to live by?


  1. yep, I have one. "Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure" dont know who said it but it is a good one.

  2. I love that quote, too! My favorite is:

    Smile: If the corners are not lifted, let the middle sag.

    If it makes you feel any better, I never saw myself in Tulsa. I love my job here, fortunately. And I like a lot about Tulsa. Chances are we won't be here for another year and we have no idea where the next move will be. Everything has always turned out okay, so I look at the future as new opportunities that I will also love and learn from! It is scary, though!