A line in the President Obama’s 2009 inauguration speech made it into this painting I saw over the weekend, and it struck a chord with me.
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”
It’s so true, though. The go-getters I’ve met, read about, or studied really are my inspiration. I admire the drive and optimism of the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – and I want to consciously challenge myself to improve myself and improve the world around me with the hope that we can change, and we can make a difference. The world can’t afford for us to live passively.
Here’s to grabbing life by the horns!