We learn who we are (and who we want to be) only when we stand before unknowns: new places, new loves; old places with new perspectives; blank canvases, blank pages, new beginnings. That's when we learn. That's when we cast vision. That's when we cultivate trust and faith. It's not the point when we know anything ahead for sure. Every new journey- be it a voyage to the other side of the world, or a marriage, or a friendship- every personal journey like this- starts at the base of the mountain. You either look up and the mountain scares you, or you learn to look up and let the mountain inspire you and fortify you. And this isn't a nice, naïve optimism. There is a way to live life like this, and it requires hope. It requires all of you. It requires bravery, vulnerability, authenticity, strength, daring, and love. Unknowns, combined with bold and courageous faith in the good of the human experience, are the greatest, most opening, most freeing, real and alive experiences we can have in this world. And, when it comes right down to it, they are the only real teachers of who our truest selves really are.