“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
Henry David Thoreau

We spend a good portion of our lives with unexpressed opinions and unexplored interests because of a tragic combination of laziness and insecurity. Others’ expectations influence our choices on a daily basis, and we conform because that’s what people do, but the weight of conformity often replaces inspiration with paralysis. Can we begin to think outside of the expectations, to dig deeper and rise higher and live more simply ourselves by acknowledging that we are anything but simple?

“I want
to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbably beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.”
Mary Oliver

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