Are you really living or just existing?

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I recently came across the most beautiful poem by a man named Pablo Neruda. His words so resonated with me and I knew instantly that I had to share them with you!

If these words make you feel something, ANYTHING, pass them along. This is your chance to bring another joy!

“You start dying slowly,
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
if you do not listen to the sounds of life,
if you do not appreciate yourself!

You start dying slowly when you kill your self-esteem,
when you do not let others help you.
You start dying slowly if you become a slave to your habits,
walking everyday on the same paths,
if you do not change your routine,
if you do not wear different colours,
or you do not speak to those you don’t know!

You start dying slowly if you avoid feeling passion,
and its turbulent emotions,
those that make your eyes glisten and your heart beat fast!
You start dying slowly if you do not change your life,
when you are not satisfied with your job,
or with your love, or with your surroundings.

If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
if you do not allow yourself,
at least once in your lifetime
to run away from sensible advice!”

> Pablo Neruda

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Mark is an entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Suits & Sneakers and also founder of the Impello incubation hub. Mark loves to travel the world and is hell bent on disrupting education for people of all ages.

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