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To Be Or Not To Be

June 17, 2009
Tyler Star News

Growing up we were told by our parents and other adults with whom we were in contact that we could be anything we wanted to be and do anything we wanted to do.

We were encouraged to dream big and reach for the stars no matter how far off they seemed to be.

In our minds, we were nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers, astronauts, cowboys, chefs, pioneers, scientists, truck drivers, musicians ... there were no limits to what we could accomplish.

As children, we were supremely and devoutly loyal to our imaginations and the limitless possibilities of life.

Sadly, for some of us, the dreaming stopped somewhere between adolescence and adulthood and we settled for much less than what our dreams promised to deliver.

Perhaps William Shakespeare said it best, under the guise of Hamlet, when he so eloquently relayed the condition of the human spirit and our struggle to hold on to our hopes, even unto death:

To be, or not to be: that is the

question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the

mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of

outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

And by opposing end them?

To die; to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand

natural shocks

That flesh is heir to,

'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd.

To die, to sleep;

To sleep; perchance to dream.

The sky's the limit for those in our community who dare to "be". Those who suffer the slings of arrows and dream big no matter what the cost or how far off it seems.

We are given one life to live and one season to share one amazing ride to the grave.

Make yours worthwhile by reimagining our world and our community to be a better place.

 
 
 

 

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