Ten years ago I was a sophomore in high school. As part of the Global Studies club, I visited the United Nations. I was fascinated with the world, with the prospect of different people, cultures, ideas, all coming together to work for a better world. While there, my class met people that came from all over the world. Africa. Europe. Asia. All over.

I was impressionable, and the people that my class met exhibited a kind of passion that I found easy to gravitate towards. At the end of the day, I wanted a souvenir to help me remember the trip. There were too many little flags to choose from. Most of the other things I can’t even remember, but there was an item, that as soon as I saw it, it felt right. I bought a magnet, the quote on which was:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Unknown

This quote was the first time I was able to almost articulate what I was feeling about the world. But there’s so much more. For the remainder of my high school years, that magnet was in my locker, encouraging me to partake in my school’s Model UN program. It fueled my desires to explore more about this world we inhabit, and the people we share it with. As I prepared to travel alone to Beijing for a semester abroad, that quote gave me courage to go and pursue my dreams.

The posts on this website will be the mile-markers on my journey to that end. Life has many lessons to teach and experiences to instill in us as we go along our way. I don’t know what I’m searching for, but I want to share the experience with you. As I sail away from the harbors, my advice is go where your feet take you and let the sky guide you.


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