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Do Not Pass “Go” — 16 Comments

  1. This post makes me want to visit the Lake District in northern England again. I had a picnic lunch outside Beatrix Potter’s house and visited Wordsworth’s grave later that night. Wanna go?
    Nate recently posted…The One-Two PunchMy Profile

  2. I can relate so much it hurts. There’s a strange, understated optimism in your piece though. Like, in spite of the fact that it sounds really depressing, you haven’t lost all hope. Sometimes hope is all we have, and maybe that’s enough.
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  3. I believe in fairies! I think you will follow your dreams until they come true. It’s not unrealistic, a Lit class and a trip to England! And? Even though I’m a scientist, Dickens is one of my favorites. I used to read him for fun when I was in graduate school (Although I never had to pick it apart. I could just let it happen).
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  4. I love the way you describe and personify your imagination and the way this idea took root and never quite left. It’s true – passion is pretty stubbornly ignorant of the prescribed formula and can’t be coerced! I hope your reality gets closer and closer to the dream, a step at a time.
    anachips recently posted…Fellow travelers and other obstaclesMy Profile

  5. I don’t remember when but I do remember that feeling of, “wait, I can do that?” Don’t loose it – hold onto that and to hope. What a beautiful dream. Maybe it will come true differently than you expect but I hope it does come true. As far as the “shoulds” in life go, forget all of them. Your elephant knows what he’s talking about.
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  6. This hits me too. Bitterness is a tougher pill to swallow, though. I’m fighting the bitterness of “doing it right” and “not being appreciated for my efforts.”

    Yet I’m blessed in a lot of ways my more worldly friends are not. I cling to that. I’m traveling outside the US next summer for the first time ever (first time in a plane), and that’s progress. But I still have things at home that many of my successful friends do not. Stability and happiness. Happiness when I fight off my bitterness.

    Beautifully written as always. Love the line about adults and candy.
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