August 15, 2011


"I try all things; I achieve what I can." - Moby Dick

That simple line inspires and thrills me. Behind it lurks a daring and a desire to accomplish more, harder, and riskier things. I wish there were more worthwhile risks in my life - that I had great opportunities to take steps against the social norm and to stand strong as a Christian.

Problem is, I don't know of many such opportunities. >_> Do you have any spare Worthy Risks sitting about? Because I could use one. Or two.

I've been trying to live life to the fullest and to try new things. But I have no high goals to achieve! Sure, I've been composing a bucket list, including (but by no means limited to):

- visit the loch ness
- go skydiving
- learn morse code
- adopt a girl from china
- attend an owl city concert
- publish a book

It looks all well and grand on paper. But what am I to do with my life, right here, right now? Days ride by on schoolwork and meals and empty words. We live, we eat, we dance, we go to libraries, we make pumpkin pie, we post clever FB statuses, we dive, we read classics. To what purpose? To what point?

We play life so safe and scheduled. Where are our challenges? Where are our quests and feats of valor? Where are our mistakes and our epic fails? Where are our triumphs and stories? Where have all the adventures gone?

“Let me do all the good I can, for all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again.” - John Wesley

“It's probably true that a person who makes it through life without making any enemies never stood up for anything important.”
- Start Here

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

I want a risk.


Noelle said...

Fantastic post, Brennan. Very inspiring as I set out on 100 For Justice ...

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Ninja Tim said...

I agree. Your boldness and hunger for greater things has my wholehearted respect.

You've gotten me thinking about a post that I've been planning for a short while now... Thank you.

Brianna said...

I love this post. :-)

Hmm... maybe we should go travel to another country sometime, Brennan? Perchance we could smuggle some Bibles across illegal lines? You know, just for fun. Or do something else epic...

Yes. Let's. Adventure sounds good to me. :-) :-)

By the way, if you ever visit the Loch Ness, do let me know. *vigorous nod* Because I would love to be the next one to see the mysterious inhabitant of those deep and dark waters. :-)

whisper said...

Noelle - oh, thank you! To hear you call this post inspiring is ironic to me, because your posts are constantly inspiring me. :) Best of luck/strength/courage on 100 For Justice!

Tim - Thanks much for reading it! I am eager to discover what your post shall say.

Brianna - YES! Yes O Very-yes! We should do that one of these days. :) :) I'll let you know when I'm going to the Loch na Beastie to stalk Nessie; you let me know when you're going Bible-smuggling. Deal? :)

whisper said...

*wonders why the author of the vanished comments deleted them, because I read them and they were quite good*

Pathfinder said...

Hmm...that is interesting.

I would suggest being really open about your faith and blatantly showing God's love. That should add some risk. Just remember what we we're living for. WHO we're living for. And act upon it. That should put some excitement back into your life.

whisper said...

Thank you for the idea, Pathfinder! It is a good one. I'm not bold in speaking of the things of God; I think them in my head but have difficulty voicing them aloud. It is certainly something I should improve in, and it certainly would be good for me, and it certainly would involve some risk. So. I'll be praying for the strength and opportunities to do it.

Thanks, Pathfinder. :) I especially like how you said, "Just remember what we're living for. WHO we're living for. And act upon it."

Ninja Tim said...

Well, a "short while" has obviously become much much longer than is considered normal, but the post I spoke of is finally published. I believe it shares some of the longings you wrote of, and relates to Pathfinder's suggestion as well. =)

whisper said...

I have read the post - (the Mighty Men one, I presume you reference) and I enjoyed it immensely. :D Epicness!