“Life is so only-once, so single-chanceish!”

“Life is so only-once, so single-chanceish! It all depends on your arranging and synchronizing it so that when opportunity knocks you’re right there waiting with your hand on the doorknob.”

Sylvia Plath wrote this in her journal on 10 January 1953. Ten years later, she would end her life by putting her head in an oven with the gas turned on. She is one of my favourite writers and recently I read with sadness about the suicide of her 47-year-old son.

‘Take hold of life’. That seems to be the message of her now-famous journal entry. Yet we all take hold of life in different ways. Perhaps for her and her son, taking hold of their lives means finding a solace in the beyond, and living means more than merely existence or living an unlived life.

I WILL NOT LIVE AN UNLIVED LIFE

I will not live an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes
a wing, a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me
as seed goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

by Dawna Markova

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~ by irwin on March 27, 2009.

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