Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween

Halloween is here; I think in many ways, it is a strange celebration of anything and everything we might be afraid of. We go around decorating our homes, carving pumpkins, watching scary movies and finding any excuse to impersonate a character and live outside our skins. I always thought it was peculiar how some of us take this holiday extremely serious and go through lots of trouble and expense to show our enthusiasm. In other countries, the celebration is about remembering those who passed away and their good attributes, in others, it all comes down to pretty much just candy.

So then I wonder, what is it that I am really afraid of? I can go on and make a list. I am afraid of death. I can’t resign myself to leaving this earth without achieving some goals. You see my goals are not to go around just collecting money, fame, degrees or living grandiose bubbles in my tiny little world. My dreams are about gathering the resources I need to help those who need. I know, I know, it sounds like I am a “bleeding heart,” as they say, and I agree. My heart is full of blood and feelings that run through my veins and instead of drooling over spilled blood and Halloween skeletons; I dwell on finding outlets to make my life a useful one.

After all, what is knowledge good for, if all most people get out of it is to go around pretending to know more than someone else? It is scary that we race to gather everything and forget what the purpose was to begin with. Well, I am hoping to not lose sight of where I am going. I am hoping to not get entangled in the Machiavellian methods of those who get entangled in selfish pursuits because doing so really, really scares me. I hope that you will read this and think about your ultimate dreams and fears and that you decide to celebrate this Halloween as an opportunity to live and step away from pretty faces that spew venom on their way up the corporate ladder. I hope that you and I remember that each day is another chance to do some good and that we go out and get it done.