Thursday, July 21, 2011

Words to Live By

Change is coming, and it feels so good!!! It's still relatively far away, but it's exciting!!! And there is one phrase that's gotten me through all this. I don't usually like taking other people's words as inspiration, but this phrase from Owl City's song "This is the Future" has really been my mantra:

Dive in and swim away
From your loneliness and miserable days.

My loneliness and miserable days have been quite numerous lately. And my willingness and hope for anything good has been inversely proportional. But chanting my mantra, I dove into the pool of possibilities for a chance to swim away. And it worked.

Where am swimming to now to escape these two things that plague my current life? Japan, of course! There, my loneliness shall end. So many of my dearest friends currently (or will soon) live there. There, my miserable days will be numbered. I can have the freedom I want with the exploration I crave.

I know it won't be perfect. I'm predicting I will not like my job or the situations it will put me in, but this is just stop one on my journey.

But seriously, just think about how powerful these words are. We can swim away from our own problems with effort. It may be hard and our seas may be more turbulent than others', but we're all already drowning where we are now. So please, everyone, I urge you: dive in and swim away from your loneliness and miserable days.

--Till then...

1 comment:

4649 said...

its so good to hear you are starting to get excited about nihon!!!! :) i also love water/swimming metaphors in general! my favorite is from ovid's heroides, which tells of the legend of leander and hero. leander swam the deadly strait Hellespont to be with hero every night. and this line got me through 4 years of swim team. "my fire is in that fire, that is the shore that holds my light". my fire is in your fire anthony. you inspire me and give me hope to keep going!