Finding Me

Finding Me

I decided that I live with no regrets and have accepted the outcome of my decisions.  I let it go and I set myself free.  Free to live again, love again, smell the rain, nourish my soul…. Let people in. For I know that every dark night turns into day.  I am free to write my story for it is me who holds the pen. For It is the journey and not the destination that is the story.  For that, I am thankful.

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National Security expert: Thankful for my daughters and Walt Disney

National Security expert: Thankful for my daughters and Walt Disney

I had the chance to yank open doors that were previously slammed shut to women, but I have daughters who can now walk through those doors with confidence, knowing that the world they enter is filled with opportunity and promise. My daughters and their contemporaries can move gracefully into those careers as a matter of right, not as token hires or, as it was in my era, hired in spite of being female. My generation was barely tolerated in the conference room; their generation has a chance to run it.

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Hannah's Story

Hannah's Story

Today I feel unconquered. Like every Seminole should every day. But today I learned a lot about tragedy, what it does to people, what it makes you feel. I have never lost a very close loved one, so I didn't know what tragedy felt like. Today I experienced an emotion that is unlike any other. I locked eyes with random strangers while passing by and silently exchanged glances that showed our respect and remorse. This tragedy that occurred today is unfortunate, to say the least. But my eyes and heart have been opened. 

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The Amazing Story of Friendship Lights

The Amazing Story of Friendship Lights

It took real blood, sweat and tears to create Friendship Lights from thin air. And it was the toughest year of my life. But I’d do it all over to see a smile across your face when you get one. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. That’s where Friendship Lights came from. My heart and soul.

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Seeing and Believing in Vienna

Seeing and Believing in Vienna

There is a notion that the world is ours for the taking, that we humans are the grand participants. I’ve always scorned it, but in Vienna, where people seem to have evolution figured out, it seems plausible. Here, I can spread out my arms and spin around, feeling everything swiftly, instantly, intensely and never once fearing that I might fall.

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Train

Train

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats....This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

 

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The Opposite of Loneliness

The Opposite of Loneliness

The piece below was written by Marina Keegan ’12 for a special edition of the Yale News distributed at the class of 2012′s commencement exercises. Keegan died in a car accident five days later. She was 22.

We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.

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Never Stop Trying

Never Stop Trying

Nothing can change what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, nor bring back the loved ones, family and friends who were lost then or during the war that followed. All we can do is continue to honor their memory, to never forget and to keep fighting for something more -- a better world so this never happens again. We will never be able to wipe out all of the "bad guys" in this world, but that doesn't mean we should ever stop trying.

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Drift or Paddle

Drift or Paddle

Imagine you are floating in the middle of the ocean with nothing but a raft. Lets mark this as the beginning of your life. You have goals. You have big dreams that you want to fulfill in life so you begin to think of a strategy to survive. You know the direction of "home" but it must wait because right now you're trying to figure out how to survive. 

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The Story of Tank

The Story of Tank

"Hey, Tank," I said quietly. The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright. "C'mere boy."He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in months. "Tank," I whispered. ...It's me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and licked my cheek. "So whatdaya say we play some ball?"

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