Six weeks ago, I started a program that I understood to be an incredible art emersion experience. Today I look back at a series of intensive drawing and painting sessions, difficult seminar discussions, excursions to incredible locations and voluminous conversations outside the classroom and see a thread in my life that is pushing me to take the road less traveled.
That road lies in a pursuit of intellect and art.
I may still one day become the phenomenal doctor, the healer that I sought and have worked hard to try to become, but, for the next year or two or three, I must follow the passion of my heart and attune it to the decency of my mind.
Two roads diverged in the yellow wood and I want to take the one with the thorns, the brush, the bees, the valleys, the sweat, the blood, and the promise of a fulfilling life.
I have learned through my experiences at Marchutz and now traveling abroad that Serendipity has her way of working things out. I have made numerous friends and experienced incredible things because of my good friend Serendipity:
fireworks at the Eiffel tower with an old friend,
a gondola ride in Venice with five new friends (three from Turkey, one from South Korea, and another from northern New York),
a sunset view of Florence with two girls I met on the long walk over to the lookout spot,
sonorous, monastic-like singing in a baptistry in Pisa, again, with two new friends,
Chianti wine and an Italian lunch in a Tuscan farmhouse with some Australians and a guy from Manhattan,
exploring Marseille with a great old friend,
lying under the hot summer sun on a beach in southern France with some splendid folks I ran into the night before,
and swimming by an aqueduct in the Gardon river that dates back nearly two millennia with folks that I met on the tour bus,
these among many other experiences.
In other words,
for the Christian,
God will provide.
God has provided
Providence is something that I've learned to trust.
Art and intellect,
at least for the next few years,
and should be the focus of my life.
Hope for me the best, my friends.