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I didn't have a cellphone in high school. I didn't know how to Google search. I didn't have a Kindle or iPad. There was no video chatting or text messaging, and my siblings and I competed for the one desktop computer we had at home (to get on ICQ with our crushes). The access to information just 15 years ago was far more scarce than it is today...

My life is water.  From water I have come, of water I am made, and into water I jump every day. It's a mysterious substance. It brings life. And my teammates and I can manipulate it better than most. We move backward and forward, scull and jump, left and right, below and above. On early mornings, I abhor water. Its still and serene poolside appearance aligns with my morning calm, yet as I break its surface, I see it tells lies. It now manipulates me, disrupting and piercing my stiff body with cold, forcing it to wake up, to move, to get warm. I become aware of my breath. My life is water, yet water is also death. I careen my body to breathe, to open my mouth to air and water, making sure oxygen is inhaled and water is spouted back into the pool. An art becomes thoughtless survival. My life is water!...

I'm a dreamer. I dream big. I chase dreams, almost relentlessly. Yet, I've recently began reflecting on what dream-chasing is all about. For starters: 1) I've had dreams come true, and it felt awesome. 2) I've had dreams shatter, and I still feel considerably awesome. So, what then, of dreams? What's the point of them? What's the point of chasing and making sacrifices for something that won't change your life much? Or will it? Let's explore. Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author, researcher and strengths-strategist, reveals some interesting information on dreams: "A famous series of experiments compared the satisfaction levels of lottery winners just after they'd won the lottery with paraplegics' satisfaction levels just after the accident that paralyzed them. Initially, as you'd expect, the lottery winners' satisfaction rose and paraplegics' sank, but then, after only six months, each person's daily level of satisfaction returned to the level it was before.  How trustworthy can dreams be if a...

I had lunch with my longtime friend, Val, today. While we were talking about our dreams and forthcoming choices - she's deciding between phD programs (stud!) - she looked at me across the table and said, "Remember that time in high school...

I witnessed it to a degree I never had in my life while in Haiti. It's one thing to be amidst absolute poverty. And it's a whole other thing to couple it with poverty in spirit and aspiration. Is this the walking dead? But like the way pain makes us understand joy, what I witnessed gave me new appreciation for the beauty of a human being who dreams and chases that dream. To be human is to dream. Tap your human potential. It's a noble, noble pursuit.                            "Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them." -Oliver Holmes                                                                              ...

Do you ever get caught up in analyzing why you're doing what you're doing? Is it the right reason? A good reason? Is it for fame, for love, for the wrong purposes? I totally get caught up with those questions! But my teacher had me do a wonderful exercise the other day that gave me new insight. I took out a piece of paper and was instructed to write down answers to some questions about why I've started my company. (Quick, go get a piece of paper!) I wasn't left much time in between questions, so there was a lot of scribbling. (Write the first thing you think of!) My teacher also changed her tone while asking the questions, targeting different motivations. This is what my messy paper became. Go all out with yours!   Here are the WHY questions (with my responses, as seen above): Why did you start ________ (insert whatever you're doing)?...

Do you know what I'm talking about? That time in your life where you go to bed early and wake early, and it doesn't really matter too much what the rest of the world is doing, what you're not doing. You're up to something, there's peace, and all is well. The insatiable hunger to get to where you're not...

...is amazing. I run a mile up Monkland Avenue and a mile back down.  2 miles.  It's a run I've known for a few years now.  Some days I do it 'cause I feel fat or because I just want a little exercise or because it's beautiful.  There's always a reason, and today it might be that I had too much caffeine in our team study session or that I wanted to try our new team kicks. So I go, I run, I blaze. And I'm telling you these past few runs have been fire.  I'm not sinking into the sidewalk, nor dreading any part of my run.  I feel like a lion in a cage.  I have more to give.  More energy.  I pounce out of the sidewalk, play games with the squares even.  I don't care who hears me breathe loudly.  I'm working hard and loving it. It must be the beta-alanine,...

It's a moment worth seizing. October 28th, 2011. We are at the Pan American Games, our first Olympic berth opportunity for London 2012. We make it to the gold medal game, and a win means the Olympic Games is a guarantee for the Canadian Women's Water Polo Team, our team. We are a group of girls that have been teammates since before the last Olympics, where we missed our chance to qualify by just one spot. So, here we are again, having battled through three and half years to become faster, stronger, smarter, better.  All of which we are. The game begins and is exciting!  We face our favorite rivals, the USA. We are winning the entire game until the US ties it up at 7 in the fourth quarter. Overtime keeps both teams at 7, so we proceed to penalty shots.  I am one of our shooters.  When all five shooters from...