Friday, January 22, 2010

Exhausted Already?

I have to say, this heavy graduate workload is already taking its toll! Three books to read, three book reviews to write, and a presentation to prepare . . . all by Tuesday. On top of that, there's all the working out to get in proper army shape. In the name of sanity, I have decided to make it an early night tonight. I'm going to splurge and have a "forbidden" bowl of popcorn (I know, I know, not on the Sugar Busters diet, but honestly, I need a reward), watch a little TV online, and then go to bed by 9:00. No, 8:30. Maybe 8:00. Sheesh, I really am completely whipped!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"