Henry David Thoreau wrote, “A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.” That is an awesome reminder that we all have the opportunity and responsibility to take these next several weeks at Gap Year and continue to soak up as much as we can before “acting out” all that we have learned over the past eight months. What a privilege to be surrounded by so much knowledge – and to be privy to the experiences we have been able to share. As you look toward the finish line of this year, how are you preparing to live out the stories that have been written into your life through your Gap Year experience? We’d love for you to share your plans for this summer or next school year in the Comments section. If you do, we might just follow up with a feature story in the coming weeks. Even if you’re not a Gap Year student, we’d still love to hear from you. Every story is important, and every life an inspiration. We hope you’ll share! Taking the advice of Thoreau, read the following quote by author, Donald Miller, and then lay it down… and commence living on its hint:

Dying for something is easy because it is associated with glory. Living for something is the hard thing. Living for something extends beyond fashion, glory, or recognition. We live for what we believe.”