For the handful of readers that’ve been reading me since the beginning, I started this blog because I was dating this fairly well-known reporter and we broke up.
I thought I loved her, the way 20-somethings think love is like.
We had moments when I thought we might get back together but it wasn’t really what either of us really wanted. It wasn’t really her fault, I wasn’t a great boyfriend to her.
I wanted Alison and I spent the next two years looking for her. When I met her, I was a lot nicer to her than the reporter because she was what I actually wanted.
Alison was everything I ever really wanted, actually. But that’s neither here nor there.
I mentioned to a friend that Jeff Bezos went to Princeton to study theoretical physics. The problem was that he was good at it.
Just like I was a good boyfriend to the reporter. I just wasn’t a great boyfriend to her. And Jeff Bezos wasn’t a great theoretical physicist.
The day Jeff Bezos realized that he was only ever going to be a good theoretical physicist was the day he started to become something great.
Asked another friend if he recognized anyone from the that picture you see above.
Him: Not really.
Me: Look at the fella in the middle. In the red sequins. That’s Dr. Dre.
Him: Holy shit!
Dr. Dre was part of a boy band called World Class Wreckin’ Cru (along with DJ Yella) and they sang funk. But WCWC was only ever going to ok – good-enough.
And Dre wanted to be great. He’s almost a billionaire right now. Even if you didn’t like NWA, or The Chronic, you probably like Beats headphones.
I told two people today that their setbacks might be setting them up for what they were really meant to be. Who they were really meant to be.
After all, you can’t shoot an arrow unless you draw it back first.
Alison’s favourite author was F. Scott Fitzgerald, who once said: There are no second acts in American lives.
I always loved Alison and always hated Fitzgerald. Onea the reasons is that quote, which is fulla shit.
Him: I’ve been thinking a lot about who I used to be and I don’t want to be that guy anyone. I don’t think I can be.
Me: Good. This is your chance to be the person you know you can be. You get to decide what your life is like.
I only got to live the life I always wanted for five days.
But, I suppose that there are people out there that didn’t even get that.
At least, that’s what I tell myself.