Should Ulysses stay home or seek adventure?
This passage from Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" has always moved and inspired me. Ulysses has returned home after 20 years at battle and at sea. He is lounging around the castle with sweet Penelope, but feeling restless for adventure.
I feel his sense of loss with aging, the knowledge that I am not what I once was. This can be discouraging, but these words empower that which remains within me, to continue. He seeks his companions, urging them to "strive" and "find."
At the same time there is something inside me that says he should be happy with the love of Penelope and his son. He has spent his life on adventures, and now is the time to curb his passions and enjoy life. And, he probably does, but in the back of his mind remains this powerful unsettling drive to accomplish something more.
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By Darin L. Hammond
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