Nothing to see here
Early v this morning I read an email I never wanted to read. And then i had to, Why? because it came from the son of my oldest friend. We grew up together in wartime London, and though I married young and moved to Rhodesia we never lost touch.
Now. as I read on, I learn she has cancer and it has spread. Will I see her again? Not in this lifetime-no blue airletters, No facetime calls. It’s so sad, not tragic, we have both lived more years than most, but memories remain and there cannot be a replacement. So I have reached the stage where maybe there will be a similar letter, or maybe my children will write one on me. Mortality - yes, that’s what it’s about.
How long do I have?
Whoa - this is 'the good shit' and it is sticking. Sometimes I'll let my inbox stack up with unread newsletters thinking I don't have time to properly reflect or apply some of the lessons sprinkled throughout the writing others are sharing. Thanks for permission to take the pressure off, enjoy, and let whatever sticks, stick.
Feels like the zeitgeist today is to feel your way into actions rather than think. From Home Sapiens to Home Sentients. I also think your perspective is highly relevant for people who want to create online. I abhor the mantra that some people push: "creating value". It's so transactional and lacks imagination. We don't need to tell people what to do, just share what we find interesting and they may find interesting too.
My simple argument to support and describe what you have just written about is that we realise the dignity in giving value but we think that is the only way to have dignity. Also, leisure (otium in Latin) is a lost art. Restore leisure.
Timely essay, Alex! I’m currently trying to move away from the “value extraction from everything“ mindset and tap into the “do what feels right, cede control, and trust wherever the path goes.” Overthinking and over complicating, BEGONE!
Alex, SUCH a banger piece (clearly, we were in complete sync for our essay topics this past week and I love it). I think we have a lot to learn from each other, lol. I love the picture you paint with the dog analogy. When we take a step back, we truly do overcomplicate our lives, don’t we? I also really appreciate the truth behind the music festival scene -- I think that’s a quiet reality that all writers are facing in one way or another. “How can I make this profound?” or “How can I turn this experience into a life-changing essay?” or whatnot. We pile the pressure on...but for what? Very thought-provoking piece!! Nice job!
This came together so well Alex and I love the title. The paragraph starting with "I need to take action" had me laughing deeply from its relatability. I couldn't help but thinking as I read this the first time and again here now, that this essay was written for me. The CTA was compelling; I am compelled.
I feel this, I find myself writing something and then towards the end my mindset goes from “this experience was dope, can’t wait to write about it and share it with the world!” To “well this is fun but what is the message? What do I want the reader to take from this and be able to improve in their own life?”
Sometimes, the best CTA is no CTA, just enjoyment.
This turned out so well, and I love the photo!