Yesterday I posted about the album “Adore Life” by Savages. I’ve been thinking more and more about why the sentiment – to adore life, to embrace it without trying to pick off only the best moments – resonates with me so deeply.
It’s not because I’m coming up on an age at which people start thinking about their mortality. Certainly not that.
It’s not because I have regrets. Those mistakesÂ that used to cause me pain are now slowly making their way into the “experience” column, and I try not to perseverate over them as much as I used to do.
It’s because of writing.
Writing requires me to be present, to sit in a messy, uncomfortable, difficult process, and strive to make something beautiful. It requires focus and sacrifice, by which I mainlyÂ mean forgoing evenings of television and lunches with friends. Writing a novel is the work of years, and in each second of that timeÂ there are so many other tasks that are definitelyÂ easier and possiblyÂ more criticalÂ than sitting with my pen. It’s a miracle a book ever gets writtenÂ at all.
So, as I write, I have to remind myself that my time on the planet is short. It will end – as Jehnny Â Beth sings, maybe tomorrow – and I my moments will be spent. Why not spend them living fiercely, loudly, and wholly? Why not adore life, even the messy and difficult parts?
Why not try and make a a miracle?