"Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor." ― Benjamin Disrael
"The mistakes I've made are dead to me. But I can't take back the things I never did." - Jonathan Safran Foer
Every year around this time, I often like to reflect on the previous year and the events that transpired. To be quite honest, I feel fortunate enough to say that I have no regrets about anything that happened so far this year. I feel extremely blessed with regards to the life I've lived. Recently, I've been contemplating fairly hard about whether or not I should try to apply for the Study Abroad program in Osaka, Japan, and after reading the quote above - I'm fairly certain that I should shoot for it. I was talking to a fellow Marine during Finals week about my/our experiences in Okinawa and one thing that I regretted the most was not taking the opportunity of going on a trip to Iwo Jima. I was guaranteed a seat and everything, but I was so focused on work that I didn't even send in a special liberty request. I don't want this potential study abroad experience to be that next regret. Even if I don't qualify for the scholarship, knowing that I've been approved to go is still accomplishment enough, in my eyes. Anyway, as another year draws to yet-another end, I love reflecting on the things that occurred and what I might be able to do in the future to make things even more prominent and/or promising. Cheers to 2012 and prosperity to all in 2013!
"Screw them. I know what it's like. Everyone loves telling you what you can and can't do. People are going to tell you who you are your whole life. You've just got to punch back and tell them, 'No, this is who I am.' If you want people to look at you differently - make them! If you want to change things, then you're gonna have to go out there and change them yourself..." - Emma Swan
Quote of the day.