Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us
In my spare time, I’ve been writing a break-up book. Figured it’s the logical extension of the other two dating books I wrote
One thing I truly believe is to try to distance yourself from the pain of the breakup – or any pain, really – and try to appreciate the good things that come out of it.
While I don’t believe in that old saw that “everything happens for a reason,” I do believe what this poet named James Russell Lowell said:
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
I started blogging during a really bad period of my life. But during that period, I had some pretty fun nights, met some incredible people – some of whom are among my best friends today – and, of course, met my favorite person.
And during that time, I listened to songs from singers like KT Tunstall, Camera Obscura, and Imoegen Heap; now, whenever I hear anything from them, I’m reminded of that time. And I look back on it fondly.
Did you know that Robinson Crusoe was based on a real guy? He was a fella named Alexander Selkirk that ended up alone on an island for four years and four months. After he was rescued, he became a multimillionaire and celebrity.
But he realized that that time alone ended up being some of the best times in his life. He died wishing that he was back on his islands with his goats and his thoughts.
In fact, when he could live anywhere in the world, he lived in a cave by himself for a bit. And one of his last thoughts was, I am now worth 800 Pounds, but shall never be so happy, as when I was not worth a Farthing.
Now, this isn’t like my usual rambling post so much as it is a letter to a friend to whom I say this:
Don’t be most people, because you’re not most people.
Try to enjoy these difficult times while you can, as odd as that might sound. Because it’s only just for now and it’ll be over before you know it.
In any case, I’m always (not so secretly) on your side.
Location: back to the gym again
Music: that time of year, leave all our hopelessness aside
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