Sunday, September 21, 2008

Passions and Obstacles

Sometimes I want to go ahead and leave.

I want to leave Nashville.

I want do drop out of school.

I want to go ahead and live my passion.


As most of you know, my passion is rock climbing.

I live it and breathe it. It doesn't leave my mind. Climbing is all I talk about... it's all I think about... it's all I DO! I mean, even RAW FOOD is revolved around climbing --- I wanted to get healthier to climb stronger (it's working!). In general, Climbing is my PASSION. If you haven't read my post a while back about finally getting serious about my passion, check it out:

So here I am. Stuck.

I have to memorize poems like "The Seafarer" to recite to my teacher for a grade. You know, just in case someday I get a job interview where I am required to recite it!? Meanwhile I am working out complicated Algebra problems and learning about Scientific Notation. WHAT!!? Why do I need to know this?

I just want to LIVE and CLIMB. I want to CLIMB to LIVE.

I don't give a crap about who was the leader of some crazy cult back in 1865. I don't care about the government. I don't care about reading "Beowulf" and I definitely don't care about busywork.

I don't need a degree to climb. I don't need a degree to live.

I am here. I am me. I am a climber. I am a lover. I am a friend.

Sometimes I really believe that "We don't need no education; We don't need no thought control."


I have to write a "senior career" paper for school this month. I have to pick a career and list things like the education/degree required and what the career involves.

GUESS WHAT? I am picking Professional Climbing! (which is pretty much equal to a climbing DIRTBAG who just happens to get free clothes, shoes, and maybe a small amount of money) But I like it like that. I get excited at the thought of living light. I think I will feel more ALIVE that way.

I really don't think I will worry about having enough money. I think worrying is a waste of time. If I keep up my positive mindset, I can do anything and everything I want... And I will.

I can't wait to write that senior paper. I can't wait to graduate. I can't wait to live in Chattanooga. I can't wait to climb outside all the time.

But I can't forget to be happy in this moment.

I am living and loving. I love my life right now. But I am even more excited for the future.

Tell me your passions. Are you living your dream? What obstacles are in your way? How are you going to get around them!?


Autumn said...

Yeah no kidding! Why are still in school, I was OUT by your age....

Okay sorry about the bad influences from moi, but on a more helpful note have you ever looked into Self-Schooling or Un-schooling!

Do it yourself!!!

I will never put my kinds into that weird un-natural system. (I'm not going to kill myself homeschooling them either, there's a nice medium.)

Autumn said...

Me again! :) Google it yourself but here's a nice quote. (oh & I'm dreaming of urban community gardens right now .... hey maybe we can put a climbing wall up eh ... I mean what a garden without one! :)

Come explore, where parents and children have learned to trust themselves and each other!

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience." -- Anne Sullivan

Omegachuck said...

Nice lyrics, 'Floyd' fan... So Max starts regular school this year and you're ready to leave it all for home-schooling or whatever. Hey, just freak the hell out of your teachers and write some massive senior paper about how you want to be a genetic engineer so you can resequence the DNA of the human race in order to make us more appealing to the aliens that are visiting and ready to take over this planet. See where that one gets you.

HiHoRosie said...

I totally understand your train of thought but soon you'll be on your way to living your dreams.