peace, love, and having a mind of your own

i refuse to look at life through the lens of tradition.
i refuse to believe everything i am told.
i refuse to live a life that doesn't promote peace, love, and having a mind of your own.

18 March 2011

you'd be amazed how easy it's been to sleepwalk.

i remember when life was simple. when i didn't have to make any tough decisions, except which awesome bathing suit to wear and how many scoops of sand to pile onto my leg.

i was looking at this picture a minute ago thinking, "why was i doing that?" when it hit me. there wasn't a why. i didn't need an explanation for everything i did. there must have been something satisfying about putting sand on my leg, and that was all the reason i needed.

i've spent too much time doing things i think i should be doing, rather than what i want to do. we've all been told since the first day of pre-school to listen to the teacher, the boss, or the TV. we were instructed to follow the path set before us, ignore our instinct, silence our spirit, and stay in line. left. right. left.

we don't know where we're going, but they say one day we'll get there. it feels a lot like sleepwalking to me. we're zombies, dead to the glorious intuition that was meant to inspire us and steer us toward our destiny.  left. right. left.

sure, they give us choices. rich or poor. chicken or steak. heaven or hell. left. right. left.

they tell us we need 40 hours a week at jobs we don't love. we need to see mediocre movies. we need iphones and happy meals and cadillacs. left. right. left.

i disagree. i need prayer and yoga and sunbathing. i need to spend quality time with the people i love, and to make the world a little better than i found it. i need live music and laughter and travel.

i don't want to be in line. i don't want what the advertisers are selling, and i'm sick of listening to their pitches. nobody can define my success. i don't want "the man," or my education, or my church to tell me what steps to take to become the next version of me. nobody can guide me better than my gut.

all these opinions i let into my life, they're drowning out the one wise and important voice that actually knows what i need. it's a gentle voice. [two actually.] it's a conversation between me and God. it says left. left. straight. sidestep. u-turn. climb. jump. fly. that's right.

are you happy in line? or do you want to fly with me?

let's reevaluate the stuff we fill our lives with. listen to our guts. simplify. redefine a worthwhile pursuit. let's do things we enjoy, because if we're not enjoying our lives, we're certainly not making the world a better place. Howard agrees.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."                                                         -Howard Thurman 


  1. If you sit there pouring sand on your legs for no good reason, you'll eventually get swept away by the tide. Self satisfaction should not be an excuse for lack of direction.

  2. i think we might be long-lost soulmates ?

  3. I like it.. and learning to balance as we fly, sidestep, u-turn, somersault, go left, right, or straight will help us enjoy, thrive, & stay on our own individual course... just me & God... or you & God...

  4. "The glory of God is man fully alive." -Saint Irenaeus. If you look through the New Testament there is a huge theme of life. Of being fully alive in your element, wherever that may be. I might be blogging about this soon because it has been on my heart! Love ya

  5. Wow. That's all I can say. Concise, deep and SO TRUE.

  6. Love it Keet!! And as far as what Anonymous said, it's like saying something and then not being afraid to admit you believe it. I understand what you're saying, and it wasn't about "a goal" as much as following the true voice in your life; not what outside people try to make you do.

  7. awesome blog, keet! Keep listening to that voice! love it :)

  8. hi, keturah-
    happened to find your blog when i was browsing some World Race blogs. i've been doing that alot the past few months, along with reading lots and lots of john and stasi eldredge. seems to me, and others feel the same way, that there is a real revolution going on among believers young and old! more and more are realizing that we have been following "packaged religion" for a long, long time, but are realizing that it is not religion but a wild, intimate, love relationship with Jesus that we have been searching for all along! it is so refreshing! keep writing!

  9. this is simply why i love you. everyone needs a friend in their life that always challenges them to squeeze every minute out of every day and keep dreaming. you are that for me. i love you. i miss you.