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I really want to teach a class, write things of interest to me, and be engaged in real world projects. I don’t want to be tethered to any geographical locale, or even an academic discipline. I want to be free to roam, and also to be there for my loved ones. I want to be in a happy, loving marriage with wonderful children, but not right now, and probably not for a while. I want autonomy over my work life, and I want what I do to be appreciated by a wide audience. I don’t want to write for specialists, I want to change how the average person thinks about the world while being appreciated by experts as well. Who knows, maybe telling my own story will be the change I hope to see in the world.

I don’t want to depend on writing for a living, and I hope to have rich life experiences that will give me great material. I want to be a thinker, yes, but engaged in life.

Right now I feel like the richest person in the world.

You don’t have to have money to feel safe and secure.

You don’t need to be single to be independent.

You don’t need to be in a couple to know love.

You don’t need to give up adventure to find it.

You don’t need a plan. Period.

You just need to be ready.

You can question your path as many times as you like and still follow through.

You don’t need to be with your family of birth to be loved and accepted.

You don’t have to be of the same culture, language, or creed, to feel an affinity.

You don’t have to compare yourself to others to realize your greatness.

You don’t have to give up adventure to find stability in yourself.

You don’t have to have it all figured out.

You will always be a work in progress, with so much already to be proud of and so much to look forward to.

In other words,

STOP STRESSING OVER FALSE CHOICES

and remember, the story goes on, even if not as you planned (is that such a bad thing after all)

Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!

From your fellow soldier in the trenches, or should I say hippie dancing in the valley,

MJ

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