munroKaitlyn Munro is a reader from Iowa, USA who is about to embark on a life-changing journey. Take it away Kaitlyn:

I work as a part time bartender in my sleepy-small hometown. About a month ago, that combination of circumstances blended into just the right formula for me to stumble upon Zen Pencils (specifically the one attributed to Sophie Scholl The Fire Within, which is still my favorite) and for the remainder of my evening, into the wee hours of the night, I sifted through every single comic. I devoured them in one sitting, pausing only long enough to share about a half dozen on Facebook, so that my friends out in the universe could share in the glory of what I’d found.

I needed that extra burst of inspiration because I was running on empty. I was preparing to sell most of my carefully collected worldly posessions, studying for and taking the GRE (Graduate Requirement Exam) to study philosophy and women’s studies, and anxiously waiting on a definite confirmation for the next phase of my life, which I have now gotten. In May of this year, I will be moving to Burma (Myanmar) to teach English for a year. It’s something that, with every piece of the cultural puzzle I attempt to fit together, and with every reminder of how vastly different my life is about to become, I actually feel a wave of peace wash over me because this is what feels right in my life. Not scrambling to find another job temping in an office, not measuring my life by the accomplishments of my peers, not rushing to see how many people remembered me that day, no. None of those things have given me the oceanic serenity that this pending adventure has. It’s the very reason that Marianne Williamson’s quote Our Deepest Fear has resonated with me for some time. Through this decision I will really be testing this theory: that “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.” It’s the same kind of connectedness that this comic translates to me, the universal oneness of hope and moxie that shines through individual people changing the world despite a social group’s (or religious, or governmental, or whatever) insistence we cannot. And I was excited to see the quote used from the democratically elected representative in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi (Freedom From Fear) who was held under house arrest for the duration of her term (and then awarded a Nobel Prize for her efforts to heal and help her country).

Finding a beautiful, inspiring quote, can lift us up like a close friend. Zen Pencils has been, in my short acquaintance with the site, a source of inspiration for someone who aspires to live in the same ways that have inspired those words.

You can help Kaitlyn’s move to Burma by supporting her IndieGoGo campaign.
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