Friday, November 16, 2012

The Words On A Tombstone

Do practical things if you want your tombstone to read

"They were practical."

Do what makes sense if you think it should say

"Their life made sense."

Do what the world wants if you believe in the epitaph

"They did what the world wanted them to do."

But if you want it to read

"They lived every second they were given 
and touched the sky every chance they had, 
they burned and blazed in all the colours the eye can see 
and left a hole shaped like them in the world 
when they left."

Then do something else.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How?

Rachel Harris-Beck said...

That was lovely. It's rare to find anyone who will "get it"... I think you do, and I believe we do!!! Good luck on your journey- may your tombstone be a novel too long and full of wisdom for a sentence!

Anonymous said...

Put the world on fire.

Don't hesitate

ONLY ME said...

It's sure worth a try :)

I do, I do. said...

It's like a slap. A slap of realization.

Big Mark 243 said...

I love this..! It speaks to me and my life..! ( when I am not fighting depression, that is!)

Courage Is Contagious said...

You give the best reminders, you know that? :)

Anonymous said...

sometimes i think you want die before your time.
think about how much that will hurt me.
please love yourself, please. please see your potential.

i fucking love you.

klara said...

Made me cry... I just don´t know how to free myself from all the constraints and live a life like this. How can you pursue your real ideals and goals constantly in the middle of a normal day with all the normal things you have to do... I just brusquely stepped into adulthood (or into reality, depends how you see it) and I´m afraid of what the world will do with me instead of me doing something with the world. Still too fragile and unsure, undecided, sometimes it feels like I can do this, sometimes I feel lost.

But I won´t let anything of it get me down, I´ve simply got to think less and do more and see where the road takes me.

Melissa L said...

Beautiful

Anonymous said...

It's been years since I lost posted a comment on your blog.

Again, I just wanted to say thank you. Your words come at the right time all the time. I am taking a leap of faith and I will be what defines myself, not anybody or anything else, this post helps me so much.

Anonymous said...

I am totally with klara. I sometimes feel stuck in a world where there's so much pressure to conform to 'make it' or such a constrained definition of what 'success' is. And there's so much fear surrounding how to break out of those constraints. Still trying to figure out how to answer my heart's calling...which I haven't even figured out is what yet, but I know it's not conforming to the definition of succeeding that the world imposes on me.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I needed it more than I can possibly express.
Thank you.