Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
berit's Life List
1. wake up when my alarm clock goes off
2. get to work on time
3. Take vitamins daily
4. Floss Every Day
5. Bike to work
6. keep up with current events
7. Take a photo every day
8. Take more pictures
9. learn to draw
10. Keep a journal
11. run in a race each month
12. be a good aunt
13. Watch all the Films on the American Film Institutes Top 100 American Films of the 20th Century
14. See all the films that have won the Best Picture Oscar
15. Read more books
16. cook more
17. make full use of my Netflix subscription
18. watch less tv
19. take a vacation
20. remember birthdays
21. reply to emails faster
22. stay focused on work while I am at work
23. Learn Spanish
24. learn to sew
25. knit a sweater
26. Take better advantage of NYC living.
27. go organic
28. find a job
29. decorate my house
30. visit all 50 states
31. join a community garden
32. Do NaNoWriMo
33. Try 100 new things (or actions, places, foods, etc) between now and the first day of autumn 2007
34. Learn to play the guitar
35. share quotes
36. Do the apartment therapy 8-week home cure
37. go camping
38. take the stairs
So many great parts; here are the last few paragraphs:
“It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.
When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved, but I know that that is not the case. The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of out devotion to freedom is just beginning.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
We rove with our spirits high,
Our mind is light, our step is spry,
Way up to the heights,—on the mountain,
Deep down, by the foss’s fountain—
The way may lead where‘er it will,
With song and sport we’ll roam our fill!
We’re out in God’s nature, free!
Like a beck untamed in the fell-side scree
We launch on our way in chorus;
The wide-open world’s before us.
So like the bird that joyful flies
Well raise our anthem to the skies.
We’re truly a cheerful throng,
We’ve ample voice and we’ve ample song.
Let storms make the fjord one fluster,
Let thunder and lightning bluster,
We’ll wet our whistles, step out well
And greet with song the fjord and fell.
-Henrik Ibsen, “Roving Song”
The first two lines are on a race T-shirt for this weekend’s Norwegian Festival. Very fitting for a road race!