One of my favorite poems, Invictus, was penned by English poet William Ernest Henley. Most people are familiar with the last two lines of the poem – as they have been used to convey a certain power and resilience that resides with us all.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
If a man can be moved to write such while recovering after tuberculosis made him a double leg amputee, how dare I not have the courage to live a life fulfilled? Live, love, and most importantly – learn! This poem and its message always reminds me to constantly define my dash! That is, make the absolute best of my live the life out my dreams as reality.