Notes From the Margins | Jean-Paul Bedard

July 29, 2014 8:35 PM

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One of my fondest childhood memories is munching on Ritz crackers while lying stretched out on the marigold shag carpet in my friend's living room as we eagerly awaited the reruns of Batman and Mission Impossible. To this day, I still hold my breath and get goose bumps when I hear the opening sequence to Mission Impossible -- "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..." As a 7-year-old boy, I was entranced by the possibility of adventure that lay at the doorstep of all the adults around me, but only if they "choose to accept it."

Now that I'm firmly entrenched in that "adult world," I'm flooded by apprehension when faced with crossing that threshold to life's next mission. To be honest, for most of my life, unlike Ethan Hunt, I became somewhat incapacitated each time an opportunity for change appeared, and most often, I was ...

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