“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” –Jack London.
OR, the simpler version from the great philosopher, Neil Young “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away”.
Most people that know me know that I find great peace in the woods. I LOVE to hunt, fish, hike, and sometimes just walk quietly, basking in the silence of it all. As such, I’ve always loved Jack London; from the “Call of the Wild” to “To Build a Fire”, he captured the wilderness better than almost anyone. That’s why I chose him today, but this quote has little to do with any of that…
It has to do with the fire that burns inside all of us. It burns brighter and hotter in some than it does for others, but ALL of us can fan our respective flames. We can each take on every day, every week, every year with a renewed perspective to be great at something. To stoke the flames of desire and motivation by encouraging our most bold ideas and inclinations. To take a chance, to work harder, to be the best…to change our lives. To be innovative, to be different than our fears want to allow, to be impulsive, to be daring and bold….is to be alive. Be different than your fears allow this week. Be the “superb meteor, every atom of (you) in magnificent glow”.
Have a great week!