No one is truly original: “We always worry that we are copying from someone else, that we don’t have our own style. Don’t worry. Writing is a communal act…We are very arrogant to think we alone have a totally original mind. We are carried on the backs of all the writers who came before us.”
Monday, September 22, 2014
That’s All It Takes - Hobson Brown
“This is what you do.
If you feel low, you stand tall. If you mess up, you move on. If you want to try something, try it, and if it was a stupid thing to try, you look it in the eye. There’s no turning back. You apologize if you’re sorry, but know that the nimblest, strongest hands can’t rebuild a bridge out of embers, so cut new wood.
Start from scratch. You love with your whole heart. If you’re jealous, talk yourself from the ledge. If you can’t talk yourself down from the ledge, have a good time up there, looking down on the world.
If you have to lie to make everything true again, lie like you mean it. If you find yourself in a cage, reach out through the bars for the key, unlock the door, and run away. If running away gets dangerous, run home. If home doesn’t mean what it used to mean, decide what home will be in the future.
If your best friend says she doesn’t trust you, hold her jaw in your hand until it hurts, and make her face you.
That’s all it takes.
If you think you love a guy, see how his hand looks in yours, that’s all it takes.
If you get exiled into a new land, then go discover it. And if you feel like you’re drowning, go swimming.