Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.
— Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.
While this is a great idea in theory, it’s one that I just can’t accomplish in practice. Can anyone? Isn’t “testing the ground” simply making sure your decisions are valid or thorough or, to put it at its simplest, right? I’m not a leap-before-I-look kind of person. I never have been. I never will be.
And, to be more literal, I actually have to look down at the ground because otherwise I will fall and injure myself. Really. I probably think more about walking than most people.
Dag was probably just a much more graceful human being than me, in both mind and body.
Unrelated: did not get the solo. Oh well. The good thing about going to a performing arts school is that it trains you to accept that you can try your best, but sometimes, that isn’t good enough — and the world will still go on.