I caught the pilot of Breaking Amish–a show about several Amish/ Mennonite young adults going to New York City, leaving behind their whole lives. They will be shunned by their family, friends, and loved ones, refused to return home, without anything to fall back on, and they don’t have a lot of skills to live in modern life. (I know this is reality TV, but I couldn’t help but be curious. Don’t judge me too harshly.)
They’re willing to give up everything from their former lives for their hopes and dreams that the outside world will be better.
Do you have something you want to much you would sacrifice everything for it? If your family wouldn’t let you have your fondest dreams–which I certainly hope isn’t true–which dreams would you sacrifice everything for?
I like to draw and paint. But I don’t think I would give up my family, friends, my whole life if someone said I could never draw/ paint again. The same about music. I like to sing, and I don’t know how well I would cope without hearing music ever again, but I don’t think I’d trade everything for it.
Now, writing…if I had to give up everything in order to keep writing, I think I would. I don’t necessarily write much every single day, but even if I don’t write anything, I’m often turning over ideas in my head. To never be able to put them down, and instead watch them slowly fade into obscurity… that’d be pretty tragic.
And I’m very glad no one’s ever made me face that choice.