“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Until January of 2010 I was following the script. I graduated from university, got a good job, moved to a bigger city, got married. However, I could feel that I was not as happy as I wanted. Three months later, I was accepted to Harvard Business School, moving to a new country, leaving family and friends, my job, and getting divorced.
I would be lying if I said I planned all those changes. I did not. They just happened, fast and unexpectedly. I just knew that I needed to change something, and I am glad I did. The past couple years have been the best in my life.
To me, life is like a poker game, where even if you are losing on the turn, you can still win at the river. It is a succession of random cards, being dealt every single morning when we wake up. A succession of opportunities. Opportunities to find a new path at work, to follow your passion. Opportunities to fix mistakes, or to make new ones. Opportunities to forgive, or to ask for forgiveness. Opportunities to find a new love, or to be grateful for the one you have found.
My goal in life is to enable change, for me and for others. I learned it is never too late to change and, more importantly, it is never as painful as it seems. I want to change my country. I want to change organizations. I want to changeother people's lives. And I also want to change my own life — every time I need to.
And if, after all, I fail — I will try again tomorrow.
— Antonio Rocha
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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