Today I passed my neighbor of 5 years in the hallway of our building. Really old guy with a lot of spunk. Always greets me with a smile and a “good morning”. I said my reflexive hello expecting the usual generic reply but instead he looked me square in the face, and without evening slowing his saunter he said “you don’t sing no more”. Damn. They say The Heights is dangerous, but shit, I just got stabbed in broad daylight. He must have jussst finished reading “How to Fuck-Up a Stranger in 10 Seconds or Less: A Step by Step Guide For the Gutwrencher On the Go”. .
After I swallowed the lump in my throat and picked up my ragdoll puddle-of-a-self off the floor, I processed the urgency of such a cosmic shove. Lately, the universe has been making it impossible for me to stay in the wings, in more ways than one. But it’s also intravenously shooting-me-up with all the courage required to do so, because I don’t know where in the hell else the recent up-surge could be coming from. But it’s here—the courage and the opportunity—cause I can’t move 5 feet without tripping over either one. .
The life we’ve dreamed of is all around us, only waiting to be recognized. Be brave y’all. I‘m not preaching, I’m speaking from a place of empathy. I’ve lived with unfathomable passion. I’ve also lived without it, and I wouldn’t want even my worst enemy to know what that feels like— to die while you’re still awake. We’re not here just to wait until it’s over. Live in love. Chase what makes your soul light on fire every day. It’s what makes us alive. And if we’re not fighting for that, then what are we living for? #bebrave
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