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Life and utopia: facing the light and backing the darkness...

All dreams do not come to fruition as quite a lot of what we want fit into the ‘utopian’ world; that world of unreachable dreams. I know I sound like a pessimist but sometimes when one is a realist one realises that not everything is going to end up being good and gay at the end…

I think this week’s assignment is the hardest one for me as I can’t articulate my personal vision for life – it’s not something tangible, it’s intangible. I can try to describe it for you but I don’t know if you’ll get the meaning from the words or from your feelings. None-the-less, let me try…

Somewhere along the road of life I picked this up quote and it has kind of been the motto for my life: "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's Heaven on Earth." I never knew where it came from and wasn’t very interested at first but finally googled it and found out it was penned by Mark Twain. For years I’ve lived by it as I found that I can relate to it; looking at it now I can see that it might come across as selfish to some but I looked at the positive side of it – LIVE life.

I don’t think that the occupation we do should be about the monetary rewards. We should all be so lucky as to wake up with a smile on our faces and go to our jobs WANTING to be there because we’re doing something that we love. I wish that all jobs were fair and workers were well paid for their time, knowledge and energies; I wish there was nothing like ‘below the poverty line’ and ‘minimum wage’. WORK LIKE YOU DON’T NEEED THE MONEY.

Love…love is something that has eluded me in the relationship scenario. However, I’ve had it in my life from my family and friends in abundance. I wish the world was a place where love was easy, where children didn’t suffer and domestic violence didn’t exist. I wish there was no such thing as human trafficking and rape. We should be able to open our hearts and just let the sunshine in. LOVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HURT.

Our actions should not be governed by what society thinks and our lips should not be sealed by what we think we should say. We should all be so lucky as to dance like a completely uncoordinated chicken without negative criticism – we’re not all professional dancers. Likewise, our voices should not be contained to the shower – we might not be the best but when one speaks with feelings the message is more powerful than the tone. DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING…SING LIKE NOBODY’S LISTENING.

We should all be so lucky as to LIVE, live every day as if it truly were out last. The burdens should not weight on our shoulders and the possible ‘sorrows’ of tomorrow should not stop us from shining today. LIVE LIKE IT’S HEAVEN ON EARTH.

My vision is simple yet hard to achieve – unconditional happiness. I want to be happy because…because there’s no reason to be sad.

Why do I want to be a voices of our future correspondent? The more I read the stories from my sisters in this program the more I think that they should be given the opportunity to shine over me. I have been fortunate and there are messages out there that are stronger than mine. However, I do think that through the fortunes of my life I do have something (maybe not unique but something none-the-less) to offer to this program:

Life doesn’t have to be about the negatives that exist and although we might not all be able to work, dance, sing and love like it’s heaven on earth the dream of the possibility is there. Utopia, yes, but if we don’t have faith and dreams and hope then what do we really have?

It just started raining outside and I’m going to go dance in the rain!



Sharontina's picture

Positive attitude

Oh dear, you are full of positive energy that would bring more power and awaken more energy into anyone and Wonderful quotes - to follow. i wish you find that unconditional happiness in all your endeavours.


Merlin Sharontina

TJ's picture

I will...and if I don't...

I will find that unconditional happiness and if I can't I'll persevere! :)

Thank you Sharontina :) I'll hopefully get some time to read your posts now :D

Taha Mirani's picture

God help you achieve

God help you achieve everything you desire. Loved the post.


Taha Mirani

TJ's picture

thank you so much for the

thank you so much for the wish! :)

TJ's picture

may we all be as blessed!

may we all be as blessed!

Iryna's picture

Live life

Dear TJ, I want to join to your post, because these things are very important to be yourself, to enjoy every second of your life and yes, to change the world for better!

Greetings from the Black Sea,

TJ's picture

I'm happy to know that there

I'm happy to know that there are so many out there that share this vision :) enjoy every second :)

Greetings from the Land of Many Waters :D

Lyndsay's picture


Dear TJ, I love when your write at the end of your post that while "we might not all be able to work, dance, sing and love like it’s heaven on earth the dream of the possibility is there." Your writing is full of the hope of possibility and that is a powerful vision and message to carry forward. I strongly believe that when you choose happiness for yourself, it becomes easier to spread happiness to others.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and dreams, and keep writing!

TJ's picture

possibility is always there...

I do not believe in absolutes - I like that grey area between the black and white...I like the "maybe" between the "yes'" and "no" --> most definitely teh possibility exists.

AGREED! I strongly believe that happiness is within and what you have on the inside will be reflected on the outside so we need to find ourselves and make ourselves happy ebfore we can spread it to others.

Thank you

why we're doing this, protecting & helping the earth & its creatures, human and otherwise. We have the desire to do this because we want happiness and wise living for all. I often think that human-rights fighters can be too dour sometimes, too focused on "the problem, the issue," without a sense of humor at times. So, TJ, clearly, one of your jobs seems to be to remind us -- please remind us why we're dedicated to the rain, the earth, the woman who wants to go outside & dance in it and the kid who wants to learn why it's raining so one day he can work on sustainable geohydrology. Keep reminding us, and of course, one of the best ways is for us all to get out there and DANCE when TJ beckons. Thanks, TJ! Enjoy//Tina

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

I'd love to remind you all now and again because I'd love for all my sisters and brothers to live and to love and to sing and dance! :) Everything works together - they are not independent but INTERdependent.


Thabk you TJ for this high spirit in your post.

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace

TJ's picture

you're welcome :)

Too many times we tend to look at what's wrong...I think every now and again we need to look at what's RIGHT just so tat we can get that boost to continue!

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