I’m kind of obsessed with this quote from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
This is pretty much the quote I’ve been living by, without actually having heard it before. But when I read it the other day, I immediately fell in love. Because its true; you can’t truly be passionate if you’re settling for less than you can do. Bravo, Nelson Mandela; I love it.
But I really need to know… Would wearing this quote on a shirt just be too much?
Is it right to put such profoundness onto a graphic tee? Because I kind of really want it. But I don’t necessarily want people stopping to stare at me while they take the time to read my shirt (what, 20 seconds or so? The cursive is a bit hard to make out). And then say something like, “Oooh that’s so true!!” And then I’ll just stand there smiling all goofy, like, “Thanks! I didn’t make it up, but uh, yeah.”
Plus, it’s a $70 t-shirt. Which come on, it’s not like Nelson Mandela is getting royalties or anything here. Though the shirt is from Bono’s line, Edun, and so it does foster sustainable employment. And the website is currently alerting me that limited quantities of this shirt exist. Like, “Come on, you know you want it; everyone else does, so you better get it before they do!” I can’t do it though. Way too profound.
Also, it looks like the girl in the photo wants to be Bella Swan.
The other day, I was talking to some other bloggers about Nablopomo. Remember how fun that is? I DO. kind of. And then I got this fantastic idea: “omg I’m totally going to do Nablopomo this year. TOTALLY.” But I quickly realized this would likely be quite impossible since I’ll be traveling for half of November. But then I started getting all nostalgic and was literally craving this blog.
You see, Nablopomo was really the start to my love of blogging. I started this blog in December 2006, pretty much writing for myself and a few friends who took the time to read. But then I posted pretty much every day in November of 2007 and connected with all kinds of crazy bloggers. Call me sentimental, but I met so many amazing people that November. That’s when I realized the Internet is full of amazingness and I don’t care if I’m a dork. It was this Nablopomo post that connected me with To Kiss the Cook. Because we were both obsessed with Big Bird Goes to Japan. Seriously? Yup, I love Nablopomo.
And all these thoughts were going through my mind as I’m sitting at dinner at turkey school. Yes, at Butterball University. Where I just spent 2 days learning every single thing possible about cooking turkey. And blogging about it. Because I’m a blogger and that’s what I do.
I just can’t believe there was a time in my life where I didn’t blog. What the heck did I do?? The thing is, I need another Nablopomo to get me back into this blog. Because I love it. But it’s tough juggling two blogs, even though they’re totally and completely different. I need them both. I’m really starting to learn that.
While writing content for two blogs can sometimes get to be a bit much, the hardest part is probably interacting with the community. I LOVE reading other blogs and commenting, but what name do I comment under?? I generally comment with We are Not Martha, but there’s no way to get from WANM to here (nor do I really want there to be). It hurts my head thinking about all my log-ins.
What I’m trying to say (ahem, I talk a lot) is that I’m going to start posting as much as I can. And that’s going to be a lot. And I’m not going to concern myself with how many people are reading. Because when I first started this blog, I didn’t care. I didn’t think I would actually turn into a blogger. But I did. And so many beautiful things have happened since then.
Do you know what’s amazing? Being forced away from the Internet and having the opportunity to read. I know. It sounds so simple. But lately, that’s a huge, huge thing for me. See, I have this thing where I work 24/7. OK, so not really 24/7, but more like 16/7. And that is not lie. If I’m not working online, I’m looking for more work online. Or blogging. Or e-mailing. It’s quite pathetic really. And I know it should probably stop. But I rationalize it as, I just need to get ahead in my career now, I’ll have time for relaxing and reading later. And blogging is relaxing to me, so I don’t really count that.
But when I took the train to NYC on Sunday and back to Boston on Wednesday, there was no Internet access. Yes, this greatly confused me as you can take a bus for $30 with wireless. But the train for $180 has no wireless. At first I was like, “Ugh think about all the work I could get done in those 8 hours!” But then I read instead. And it was absolutely amazing.
And it made me realize how much I miss reading. It also made me realize how important it is to be dating someone who can sit next to me reading his own book. One who will recommend books for me to read. Who will ask me what the book I’m reading is about. There’s nothing happier to me than sitting next to someone you love, both engaged in your own worlds, but together. And then sharing those worlds with each other.
I have a huge stack of books waiting for me right now and I’m so excited to put away my computer more often and get reading. And luckily, I have a few vacations planned where I’ll have plenty of reading time. Except for my Jet Blue flight to San Francisco, which has wifi access, and during which I’ll be working non-stop. I know, I know. But I need to pay the bills somehow. Plus, Hawaii is going to get me about 17 hours each way all full of reading. And while I’m obviously incredibly excited for my Hawaii adventures, I’m almost as excited to sit on a plane reading.
Have you read anything good lately? I’d like to make my stack a little bit higher!