Your Wild and Precious Life
May 31, 2013
For some reason we've been coming across a Mary Oliver quote
every time we turn around. Maybe because a new crew of graduates
has just been released into the world. Maybe because there's not
one among us who hasn't secretly wondered - sometimes at regular
intervals - if we're living our best lives.
If you're not familiar with Mary Oliver, she's a Pulitzer
Prize-winning poet, author and heartbreaker with quotes like this
favorite, the one that inspired this post:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your
wild and precious life?"
You've been asked this a thousand times by high school guidance
counselors, your parents and perfect strangers. But somehow, Mary's
version sticks, doesn't it? It reminds us that while she's
wondering, too, she's also sure that we have been given this tiny,
beautifully wrapped gift and it can pretty much be anything we want
it to be. And it should. Your life is wild and precious. Even after
you've spent 20 minutes on Pinterest and feel like an epic failure
So what do you plan to do with your wild and precious life?
There's no wrong answer. At least according to Mary.
For more from the wise and wonderful Mary Oliver, find a
comfortable spot, grab a snack and check out her New and Selected Poems,
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