"[My friend] Andrew says it is not enough to be politically active. He says legislation will never save the world. On Saturday mornings Andrew feeds the homeless. He sets up a makeshift kitchen on a sidewalk and makes breakfast for people who live on the street. He serves coffee and sits with his homeless friends and talks and laughs, and if they want to pray he will pray with them. He’s a flaming liberal, really. The thing about it is, though, Andrew believes this is what Jesus wants him to do. Andrew does not believe in empty passion.
All great Christian leaders are simple thinkers. Andrew doesn’t cloak his altruism within a trickle-down economic theory that allows him to spend fifty dollars on a round of golf to feed the economy and provide jobs for the poor. He actually believes that when Jesus says feed the poor, He means you should do this directly.
Andrew is the one who taught me that what I believe is not what I say I believe; what I believe is what I do."
"I no longer think being in love is the polar opposite of being alone, however. I say that because I used to want to be in love again as I assumed this was the opposite of loneliness. I think being in love is an opposite of loneliness, but not the opposite. There are other things I now crave when I am lonely, like community, like friendship, like family. I think our society puts too much pressure on romantic love, and that is why so many romances fail. Romance can’t possibly carry all that we want it to."
"We are not entitled to pain-free, trouble-free life. Embracing this will ease the collision between expectation and reality."
"Who said that love was fire?
I know that love is ash.
It is the thing which remains
When the fire is spent,
The holy essence of experience."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
"None of us can be described as having virtues or qualities which raise him or her above others."
1. Post the Rules
2. Answer all the questions the tagger asked, and then make 11 new ones.
3. Tag 11 people and link them to your post
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them
1. Who (or what) is your biggest inspiration?
One person who inspires me is my good friend and former roommate, Tyler. He’s one of the most industrious and adventurous people I know. When we were in college, he started a leather goods company (Bradley Mountain) that has seen quite a bit of success. He constantly inspires me dream and explore and create.
2. If you had the opportunity to live in another country for a year, where would you choose and why?
Some of my first picks would have to be South Korea or Wales. I have a deep respect for and interest in South-east Asian cultures, and I am of Welsh descent.
3. How do you imagine your future house?
My future house will be rustic, yet modern, house set in the woods. Inside, there is a fireplace made of hewn stone, a chandelier made of stag antlers and a big fur in front of the hearth for the dogs to lie on. All or most of the furniture I’ve built myself, and there are mounds of books. Outside, there is a big fire pit with lots of seats around it. I imagine at least one evergreen in the yard that my family and I decorate every Christmas. Also, in the trees is a fantastic tree house big enough for everyone to enjoy. I would be pleased to the end of my days if our home was close enough to some body of water that I could hear the rolling and crashing of waves.
4. What is your most reckless, adrenaline-junkie moment?
Haha well, a few years ago an old roommate, Travis, and I went ocean kayaking in a flat-water kayak and without helmets of vests during the height of a massive swell. We heard rumors about this cave that you could paddle into and explore, so of course, we were hell-bent on finding it. When we finally found it, we counted the sets and paddled hard, but as we did a huge set picked us up and nearly slammed us into the cave’s narrow entrance. So, we freak out yelling, “Get in! Get in!” to one another. Just as we flounder in another huge set lifts us and thrusts us toward the jagged inner wall. “BAIL!” Travis yells as he jumps from the kayak. I try to follow, but my leg gets caught. BOOM the kayak hits and smashes my ankle. Luckily, only my ankle hit the wall and between sets I manage to free my leg, grab the kayak and swim to the rocky inner shore. Trav and I slip our way up the slick rocks into the cave as it opens into small cove. As we laughed at our near death experience, we began to hear sirens. To make an already long story a bit shorter, we realized that the sirens were for us, and a team of lifeguards had to navigate the rocky inlet into the cove (during a massive swell) to get us out. Great day.
5. What are some of your hopes and dreams for your future?
Here are a few in no particular order:
-Finish a triathlon
-Adopt a child (if I ever have the privileged of being married)
-Climb an active volcano
-Save someone’s life
-See an aurora (in person)
-Meet my father face-to-face
-Make the pilgrimage down El Camino de Santiago de Compostelo
-Get into a fist fight with a stranger/get kicked out of a bar
6. Describe your occupation of choice, and why you chose it.
I want to be a U.S. Army Special Forces Operator, because I am a philanthropist and a humanist, and I believe U.S. SOCOM can be a powerful philanthropic agent in ways that other humanitarian organizations cannot. I.e., “to liberate [and protect] the oppressed.”
Altogether, you understand, my motivation is philanthropic not political.
Feel free to ask me questions if you’d like me to elaborate more.
7. Are you a coffee or tea person?
8. You have a free Saturday - what are your plans?
Build something, see someone, explore some place, and drink something strong.
9. If you could plan your next road trip, what would be on your itinerary?
My next road trip itinerary:
-Start in Norhtern California (where I live)
-Down the coast to San Francisco, California
10. What would be a fun first date?
Something spontaneous, like a night at a shoddy random local carnival. Then we’d wander around a big city park until the early hours of the morning talking, and fooling around.
11. City, beach, or mountains? And why?
Beach. I have few memories more fond than those I’ve made in and around the ocean. I feel akin to it.
1. Describe one of your fondest memories.
2. What do you love most about yourself?
3. Dog, cat or other? Why?
4. What do you find most attractive in a partner/spouse?
5. Which is your favorite season? Why?
6. Describe the landscape in which you’d most like to live. (e.g., city-scape, rolling hills, etc.)
8. Top 5 favorite names, go!
9. What was your most uncomfortable/awkward experience?
10. If you could learn anything, free of charge, what would it be? (i.e., any field of study, craft or trade, etc.)
11. Name 3 of your favorite bands.