THIS IS NOT THE DRESS REHEARSAL
A landscape architect reflects on work, love, and adventure.
By Darrel Morrison, FASLA
From the 2006 graduation ceremony at the Conway School of
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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