I’ll admit that I am one of those hopeless believers in phrases and clichés such as “everything happens for a reason.” I believe that they exist because they hold some truth and even more hope. However, as strongly as I believe our course unfolds for us for reasons we are unsure of, I believe even more strongly against the use of these phrases as excuses for living passively and not chasing what we truly want. Allowing our path to unfold as a result of our own actions and desires is completely different than not having a say in the underlying reasons why it has unfolded the way it has. Letting ourselves go through the motions is an utter and complete waste of our God-given talent, which we should not doubt for one second that we all have. We let our fellow man down each time we say “oh well” and lay down the will to fight for what we want. Failure is going to happen. We’re going to have to start small. But who accomplished anything great and did not start out small? When we let our passion take a hold of us, we will not fail. Sometimes our expectations will not be met, perfection not achieved and desired heights not reached. So what? We have to press on and refuse anything less than what we’ve ever wanted. We each have a dream to go live—there is nothing to lose but time.