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Since I graduated with my masters degree last year, I have struggled to find my place in the world. I feel like there is this huge transition that will happen in my life, but I struggle to understand or predict exactly what it will be. In that sense, I feel like I am struggling or battling the unknown.

Some people tell me I should just live and let live. In other words, they say I should just live life a day at a time. Living life a day at a time has always bored me. I am an animal that thrives in an environment of purpose. Usually I create my own purpose in life, but right now, I cannot. In turn, I am currently living a less purposeful life than I would like to live.


When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
such as these you will never find
as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare
emotion touch your spirit and your body
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - you will not meet them
unless you carry them in your soul,
unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy -
ports seen for the first time;
to stop at Phoenician trading centres,
and to buy good merchandise,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensuous perfumes of every kind,
sensuous perfumes as lavishly as you can;
to visit many Egyptian cities,
to gather stores of knowledge from the learned.

Have Ithaka always in your mind.
Your arrival there is what you are destined for.
But don't in the least hurry the journey.
Better it last for years,
so that when you reach the island you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.
Ithaka gave you a splendid journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She hasn't anything else to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn't deceived you.
So wise you have become, of such experience,
that already you'll have understood what these Ithakas mean.

-- For inspiration dear April. Enjoy the journey with best wishes,

[Ithaca, by Constantine P Cavafy]

Kizzie's picture

I love this poem Janice! Dear

I love this poem Janice!
Dear April,

I can relate to you a lot! I just finished my BA and I'm struggling to find my place in this chaotic and complicated world. I'm trying to contribute to it, but I'm also overwhelmed and challenged in every way. I think we are armed with the means to make a difference, but it takes a lot of thinking and effort to understand how to use the tools provided to us through education to make a difference and to be creative.

Good luck and please keep me updated! We can really help each other:)


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