The biggest thing I would say to my younger self were to have a time machine and go backward is: You have to have absolute humility about what you’re doing. You have to somehow know that you are capable of enormous idiocies and mistakes and yet not lose your self-confidence in what you’re doing. It’s a difficult line to walk because I know that writer’s block comes almost always from self-doubt. At the same time you have to know that this is a life-long learning process and you’re going to find yourself every 10 years looking back on what you wrote 10 years ago and feeling appalled by it. And that’s good; it means you’re learning and growing.
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It has been a busy two months. I’ve barely had time to breathe in between, and not mentioning sleep. And irony of ironies, I’m taking time to write it all in, with processing right after. Compare this to more benign months when I had more time to write and ponder. So I’m gonna choose just a photo of each event, a summary.
Thanks to macair, my photos are better organised.
old profile there (created Dec 2012 or Jan 2013):
this is a stream-of-thoughts thing. started this to keep track of this transitional stage of my life since writing things down on paper risks losing those thoughts in (a) flood waters (b) an earthquake (c)moving away (d) all of the above. best answer: (D) in 3 years [focus.kick.pull.breathe.calm.breathe]
Dear person reading this,
You made it through another year. You made it through the hard times and pain. You made it through all the times when you all you wanted to do was give up. You made it. You made it another year and I promise you can make it another year. I am SO proud of you.
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