My hands are sore – but I have my life;
My eyesight has diminished – but I have my life;
My Achilles tendons are tight – but I have my life.
It is by the grace of God that I am still alive and able to enjoy living. I may not be the same person I once was – but I can learn to be someone else, someone better, someone who lives more deeply.
I want to live “deliberately”. I want to “suck the marrow out of life”. I think you know the rest.
The clip from Dead Poet’s Society where this Henry David Thoreau poem is reviewed by Robin Williams: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDNHIQhG3K4)
Yes – I may not walk well, but each step is deliberate. I may not see well, but each gaze is purposeful. I am alive – and I want my life to be alive.