Now. Now.

debbie-millman

As Robert Frost once wrote, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.”

I recommend the following course of action for those, like you, who are just starting out, or who, like me, may be re-configuring midway through. Heed the words of Robert Frost. Start with a big fat lump in your throat. Start with a profound sense of wrong, a deep homesickness, a crazy lovesickness, and run with it. If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love. And don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can. Imagine immensities. Don’t compromise and don’t waste time. In order to strive for a remarkable life, you have to decide that you want one. Start now. Not twenty years from now. Not thirty years from now. Not two weeks from now. Now.

~ Debbie Millman, 2013 Commencement Address at San Jose State University 


Notes: Quote – Brainpickings via makebelieveboutique. Photography – howtoholdapencil.

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on On the Homefront and commented:
    okay, I will start now………

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on The President Blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. “imagine immensities…” Indeed…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. yew. now.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. “Do what you love. And don’t stop until you get what you love.” Yes to that sentence. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. “In order to strive for a remarkable life, you have to decide that you want one.” So true.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Rousing stuff for the young and young at heart 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. inspiring!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Christie says:

    Debbie Millman, gives encouraging, Sage Advice… One must tell that foot to step forth and engage….it is an act of doing.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Reblogged this on Hopeful Scholarship and commented:
    Powerful — and daunting! — sentiment

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: