Hemingway summed up the human existence in three words
The thing with life is that you expect everything to happen to someone else. Injuries, disease, general misfortune, etc., these are things that happen to other people and not you.
And when it actually does happen to you, you think, What the … ?
Ernest Hemingway had a character in The Sun Also Rises that was asked how he became bankrupt.
“Gradually, then suddenly,” he replied.
And that’s why Hemingway was a brilliant writer. Because in three words, he summed up the totality of human existence.
You live your quiet, banal, little life when suddenly:
- you get robbed
- you get into a car accident spend all your saving on a car accident lawyer
- you get cheated on
- you get physically damaged
Or whatever personal little hell you have to deal with. And you have to drop everything to deal with it.
And there’s not much else to do but deal with it. Some days you deal with it better than others.
Him: How’re doing?
Me: Well, I broke down crying like a 10-year-old girl on the 7 train the other day; which I don’t recommend. Because of a whole other list of craziness, I haven’t had a drink for 45 days and won’t be able to until next week – when I’m gonna drink the CRAP outta my rum stash. And my insomnia is kicking up so I slept one hour last night. But besides that, not too bad. You?
However, there’s hope.
Because joy also inevitably comes.
And it comes just as unexpectedly and just as suddenly. And so I wait for it.
For the time being, without my rum, but still…
Did get a tiny piece of good news last week, which is that a Facebook Fan site I created for A Great First Date hit over 1,000 likes in less than ten days.
Take a look and maybe hit that LIKE button yourself.
Location: an hour ago, in front of a large needle
Music: Someday all this mess will make me laugh, I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait
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