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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sail the South Seas



A fellow blogger, and a friend I hope to someday meet, will soon embark on a nautical journey. His blog details the preparations he's making for a trip he's dreamed of taking for months, if not, years. I check the countdown he has posted to see how many days, hours, minutes and seconds are left to hit the seas. And, I grow more envious with each read as if I, too, am about to set sail. Today, I found a quote posted on his blog that changed my attitude altogether.

"I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.
The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

-Sterling Hayden (1916-1986)

Why must I be envious? Why must we be envious of others when we can change the course of our own lives? We are behind the wheel of our own destiny, our own fate. Chalking up life's rough patches to karma is the cowardly, yet, smooth-sailing path to take.

Do something to change the monotonous course of your life and your surroundings if you are truly unhappy. No longer settle for content, but rather, create your own happiness.

We write, we bitch, we yell and we moan over many issues facing Brownsville. Corrupt politicians. The Border Wall. Crappy streets. The weedy lot next door. Sub-standard education. High utility rates. Blah. Blah. Blah. And when see the same travesties committed against us over and over, we relent to what's easy --accepting things the way they are, because they've alway been that way.

What gets me is when the same folks take part in the public comment period of just about every meeting -- UTB, the City of Brownsville, Cameron County Commissioners' Court, PUB -- and folks laugh or brand them "usual suspects." We should instead applaud them for having what it is the majority of us fail to discover within ourselves -- the courage to do something, anything, which is more than what the majority of us do, nothing.

If only all of us could be so bold as to leave behind our usual course and hold on tight for whatever bumpy ride may come so to arrive at the happiness we all truly desire.

And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.The years thunder by. ... Before we know it the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice.

The battle we face is not with karma or fate, but with ourselves.

I know I'm ready to sail the South Seas.

Are you?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Nice.

V

Wednesday, May 28, 2008  
Blogger Lee Winters Cruising Blogspot said...

You are pretty kick ass Melissa Zamora.

Lee

Wednesday, May 28, 2008  
Blogger Brownsville Barrister said...

It's like you read my mind. Now if only you had posted this before I gave notice that I was quitting my job I could have had someone else to blame.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you all just look at Brownsville stuff? Because it looks like there's a potential firestorm about to develop in Port Isabel. I understand there's a new mayor and new set of commissioners after a decade long control of a certain faction. Based on this special meeting scheduled (http://www.portisabel-texas.com/city/commission/May312008SpecialCityCommissionMeeting5B15D1.pdf), it looks like they might be cleaning house.

Thursday, May 29, 2008  
Blogger Overboard said...

Well do it then.
Life's too short not to.

Sunday, June 01, 2008  

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