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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shooting Stars

Maybe it's the impending, looming doom of law school starting, but I've been reflecting on how we are in charge of our own destiny. While I'm absolutely petrified that this will make me miserable, tired, I won't get a job when I'm done (to list some of my minor concerns), I've wanted to go since I was 11 years old, when I spent so much time correcting mr ER teacher that he told ma and pops at a parent-teacher conference to prepare for a lawyer in the family. If I don't go... it'll be this big stumbling block that I was too scared to tackle. And c'mon. I'm not signing myself up for a life of "I wonder if" at 25.

A friend at work was posted on today with a love advice question - he met a new special guy who was moving away. They had two great dates, and realized that there was something there that neither one wanted to left unexplored. The new guy suggested that my friend hop in the car and do one leg of the cross-country journey - my friend's question was: is that totally crazy? And I can feel that - our generation is career-driven, and taught that taking risks and doing silly things for love is impractical; the things movies are made of. And, the generally snarky, tell-it-like-it-is love guru's response? Take a risk, child. Gas up the car. You're 25, you can afford to take some risks. How right she is, and what's the worst case scenario? You get in the car and realize that the new Mister Mister has terrible taste in music, sings off key, and you pray for the end of the ride? Chalk it up as a funny story. More likely, you have an adventure, get to know someone, and take a chance on meeting someone who can only help you grow and learn.

One of my favorite movies to quote is Can't Hardly Wait - with the "there is such a thing as fate, but it can only take you so far." I'd rather take the leap and fall than wonder. What's so great about a high without a low? And for some reason, I've been jamming out to airplanes by b.o.b.:

Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?
I could really use a wish right now, wish right now.

Heck yes you can, chick from paramore. I don't even care if you make up seeing the airplane. Figure out what you wish for, and do it to it.

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