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Monday, January 16, 2012

To write or not to write

I woke up this morning and was compelled to write again.

It's been a long time since I've written on this blog and I feel guilty for not committing to it. It got me thinking to why we put off the things that we love...why we constantly wait for something better to come along...why we live half-alive...

I found this quote from one of my favourite screen writers, Charlie Kaufman:
“Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won't know for twenty years. And you'll never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it's what you create. Even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but doesn't really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope for something good to come along. Something to make you feel connected, to make you feel whole, to make you feel loved.”
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York: The Shooting Script

A brilliant writer and a living genius, he is right and yet we continue to live our days in and out doing the same thing hoping for a different result.

Today, look at the same things but try to see them differently. Drive another route home from work. Call up a friend that you haven't spoken to in years and see how they are doing. Finally start that project you've been putting off for years. Dance a different dance. Whatever it is, "we only have a fraction of a fraction of a second here" so go on and start living your life before it's gone.

In my case, I've been waiting for something better to come along that will give me permission to write again. I'm done with that.

To write or not to write. I choose to write.


Alex said...

Couldn't agree with you more. Sometimes taking a different way home can change everything!

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