Are you willing
To embark on the odyssey
Filled with uncertainty
At the outset
With no guarantee
Of the outcome

Are you willing to risk everything
You know
And leave behind everyone
You love
To scale the rocky path of Truth
Even risking your sanity

Along the way
Feeling utterly lost
As you lose sight
Of all your bearings
And as people malign you
For all your decisions

Causing you to question yourself
Over and over again
And embody the sense
Of the horrible person
They make you out to be

Are you willing to be in the wrong
To do what’s right
Endure contempt ridicule shame
Not only possible outcomes
But assured responses

Or do you reach for
The bottle the pills the joint
The simulated experience
The as-if hollowness of life
That comes with conventional guidance
And social approval

Na’ase wenishma
We become through doing
But are you willing to do what it takes
To become

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