...and not of the lactose-intolerant kind. When Secret Agent Man and I decided to move, we may have chose it without thinking clearly, maybe had a little too much to drink, maybe even got caught up in the *idea* and stepped outside of who we are (we really are safe, rule-abiding, conflict-avoiding peeps) but it's too late now and all we can do is backwards justify how this was the best decision we could have made (and it is!). But daily, I feel a discomfort... a nagging thought of "are you crazy?" or "life would have been so much easier if you just..." but I hold firm and remember that having a little faith in yourself, facing your fears, meeting a challenge, and finding a little bit of...(shall I be dramatic?)....glory in the discomfort you feel when facing the unknown will lead to great things.
A really good friend of mine, one who was brilliant but never sat on his laurels, read one of my favorite quotes as his valedictorian speech. I remember the spirit of his speech: "Carpe Diem" and the quote he read to fortify (justify) my leaps of faith. I leave you with this small quote but I encourage you to read the entire speech which is so relevant to our times.
The Man in the Arena - April 23, 1910 - Theodore Roosevelt Speeches- Roosevelt Almanac: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."