As in, double-dog dare. Only, the adult version of it.
When I was twenty and first read T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” I was struck by the speaker’s question, “Do I dare disturb the universe?”
Do I dare? Do I dare to disturb the comfort of my own little universe, the universe I have carefully measured out, not in coffee spoons, but in falsely created parameters and limits that I don’t cross…because, like Prufrock, I am afraid?
Afraid of going back to school.
Afraid of writing something too honest.
Afraid, maybe, of success.
I keep coming across a quotation from another favorite writer, Mark Twain.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Today, I will Dare to Discover.
14 thoughts on “Dare”
This is awesome and very honest I really think taking a chance is a dare in life but if you don’t take chances how will you know if you will succeed or not. Come on Maria do it for yourself. If you don’t you won’t know. You could change everything and make a wonderful hit.
Well. I turned in a manuscript, so we’ll see how that goes! Stay tuned for infop about the book!
Maria, I wish you luck and it is probably a lot better than you think it always is when someone else reads it.
you’re so very welcome
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This is awesome and very honest I really think taking a chance is a dare in life but if you don’t take chances how will you know if you will succeed or not. Come on Maria do it for yourself. If you don’t you won’t know.
I urge you to take this chance to stretch out and dare to fail or succeed. If we try nothing we accomplish the same. I took a different tact and dared to submit to more writing contests this year. Recently i received notification I won the contest and now am a part of the contributing staff to their website.
thanks for the encouragement!
This is a wonderful post today…I that I needed to read (not that I didn’t LIKE chocolate….)
ha. chocolate. always, chocolate.
I love T.S Eliot. And a few of his cats have found their way into my blog posts. The lines you quoted are among my favorites. “Let us go then, you and I…”
If only I could LIKE a comment on my blog 🙂