Remembering what it is to be me
Congrats on your first year! I owe you a letter, and now that I've paid tribute to the orthopedic surgery Gods, will soon pay my debt in full.
Here's to year two!
Super good. This is one of my favorites of yours. I too am working on a letter for you. Aiming to publish week after next.
THIS! This was so inspiring to read. I have only met you recently (and started reading your novel last week), and I can assure you that you are NOT a fraud. I can't wait to see what you do next!
And the drawing! LOVE IT!
Stay gold, Ponyboy.
I always like to hear your inner world
Congrats brother. Time for me to start following in thy footclonks!
Cheers for those 380 days! I love your picture and the drawing version. Didion and Baldwin quotes are both right for me. As i grow older i feel as if my hike in life is a way of gathering fragments of myself attempting to complete my being before reaching the final transformation. A job in the making with its "va et viens" telescoping time and spaces, because ideally we suppose to flow like rivers. To think about "my Identity" intimidates me slightly; it concentrates me much too hard; "being" on the other hand invites me to unfold, to look around and to smile... just like the difference between "I" and "i"
Congratulations, Son, on your incredible year of writing! So much to say about finding, being oneself..over & over in life. I will write more to you. So proud of your work & love this great DRAWING!! ♥️
Bravo, Samuél! For the year of writing and for this inspiring reflection on 'remembering what it is to be me.' As I read, memories of my own (writing) childhood flashed and sparked. "Writing" is the "me" I had lost (and now found!) even though all I did was talk about writing for my thirty-year+ career at a university (I wrote, too--but it wasn't "me" writing). Hadn't really thought to put this into words until I read "A Year in Review." You always give your readers so much dance with. Cheers to the next year🥂!
Life doesn’t necessarily change because you went through a life changing event. This resonates so much. I can think of several life changing events that didn’t change my life. I always wondered if it was me who didn’t appreciate or see or ‘took advantage of’ those life changing events. Or sometimes I would think that maybe I didn’t really want those life changing events, that’s why they were not changing my life. I was always left with the feeling that I need to look for the next great thing. But as the years pass by, I am less and less enthusiastic about life changing events because they don’t seem to change my life. And like this, I was going in circles in my head. And with one sentence you put my mind at ease. It’s normal. It’s life. We achieve the things that we want to achieve and life goes on.
"a simple promise to myself of remembering the joy of writing by writing something I was proud of every. single. week."
Remembering to write for ourselves first and foremost is always a challenge. Thanks for the reminder.
Also, I'm definitely one of the 100 that prefers to hold a real book in my hands. And one of the billion trying to turn one her own into such a tangible thing. Happy to be on this journey with you.
And yes, I'm studying for our coffee chat tomorrow. 🙂 Enjoying my trip through your archive.