“Life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.”
-Darius Goes West
If you haven’t heard of Darius Goes West, please check out the website at DariusGoesWest.org. The documentary and story behind it are proof of the resilience of the human spirit, friendship, and the amazing things a group of committed people can do together. Darius and the crew taught me not to be afraid to dream big, that “idealism is the signature of youth.” Sometimes it’s hard to reach for your greatest dreams. You’re afraid of failure, of ridicule, even of the resentment others might feel if you succeed. But if I get discouraged I’m reminded of a quote from Marianne Williamson in “A Return to Love”:
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.