there's too many sunsets I haven't seen...

Not only is that my favorite line from one of my favorite songs "Many the Miles," but it also speaks right to my soul and paints the most perfect picture of my favorite place on earth - the beach.

This is just a week of firsts. Today, I mailed off my application for my very first U.S. passport. For a girl who LOVES to travel, I have yet to step outside the lines of this beautiful U.S. of A. But on a prayer and some extra speediness from the U.S. Postal Service, my passport book will come back to me in 14 days, and 24 hours later I will be headed to Mexico. To the beach. To the ocean. To see a few more sunsets and live a few days where my heart is happiest and there isn't a worry in my mind.

On a much more serious note, I came across this most incredible poem yesterday while reading another blogger's blog. I read the first few lines and I sort of just paused to let it all soak in. And I thought carefully about each word. And WOW! Heavy stuff. But if you have the time, it's definitely worth taking a few moments to read the entire piece.

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dream, for the adventure of being alive....

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,
weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children....

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments."

-The Invitation

I love it more and more every time I read it. So incredibly powerful, and true. What would the world be like if we all really lived, and thought, and got to know others in this way?

"there 's too many sunsets I haven't seen." there are too many sunsets we ALL haven't seen. and there are too many days to be lived with what REALLY matters in this world on the forefront of our minds.

.to a beautiful life.

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