“Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines to-day also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship.”
— Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today, as I said goodbye to a women I met in Au Bon Pain in Union Station, goosebumps covered my arms. I have realized that I am on the right track, and that if I just continue to be true to myself—I will be okay. Let me explain: you see I was waiting on the MARC to come back to Baltimore today. I decided to get some soup for dinner, and read Love In the Time of Cholera. As I sat down, I noticed that I sat diagonally across from an elegant older woman, who was reading the exact book. I smiled to myself and continued reading my book. It was apparent that she was at the beginning on the book— I was at the end. About fifteen minutes into reading, I looked up and our eyes connected and she said to me, “Look, we are reading the same book,” this began the conversation.
We began to talk about books, our love of books, and the type of books that we love to read. I learned that she was an academic from Arizona, and get this— in the international department! This is what I want to do people, international work and human rights. She gave me her card, and told me that she might have some contacts that might be helpful to me.
If you are an avid reader of my blog (fingers crossed), then you will realize that I have been questioning attending law school. I have since decided to put a hold on law school and wait until I am sure. The more and more the days go on, the more and more I am realizing that I have made the right decision. I listened to myself— I listened to my body, I looked inside and decided the life I want to live.