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March 2007 Issue

THIS IS NOT THE DRESS REHEARSAL
A landscape architect reflects on work, love, and adventure.

By Darrel Morrison, FASLA

THIS IS NOT THE DRESS REHEARSAL Sandy Ross

From the 2006 graduation ceremony at the Conway School of Design

Much of what I want to say about life and living a life can be summed up in three sentences:

Life is short.

All we really have is now. (The past has passed, and the future is at best uncertain.)

This is NOT the dress rehearsal. (This is the real performance. This IS life.)

Each of these three statements reminds us of the tenuous and ephemeral nature of life. That being the case, what are the ingredients necessary for a good life?

One of my heroes, Aldo Leopold, wildlife ecologist, philosopher, and author of the classic A Sand County Almanac, gave a little talk in 1920 to a group of students at the University of New Mexico, in which he identified “the six necessaries of life”: food, air, sunshine, work, love, and adventure.

While I certainly have thoughts on food, air, and sunshine, I’d prefer to reflect with you on the other three “necessaries of life”: work, love, and adventure. And then I will try to sum it all up with my own list of pointers to myself for living my life from here on out.

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