Today I thought we’d get some inspiration from the March-born writer John Irving.
“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.”
“With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes.”
“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
“Half my life is an act of revision.”
“I sometimes think that what I do as a writer is make a kind of colouring book, where all the lines are there, and then you put in the colour.”
“The building of the architecture of a novel – the craft of it – is something I never tire of.”
“I write very quickly; I rewrite very slowly. It takes me nearly as long to rewrite a book as it does to get the first draft. I can write more quickly than I can read.”
As I was perusing these quotes and many other bites of insight from him, I was reminded about some important facts of life that we don’t always consider or want to consider. Sometimes life is more about the distance, enduring and doing the work to see life through. Life isn’t perfect and that’s something that not only keeps it interesting for us all, but also keeps us thinking, growing and discovering. It’s really hard to get bored when every day is a new adventure or requires you to be more creative and patient after the events of the previous day. If life really is like a coloring book, then you’ve got the opportunity to do whatever you want with the colors. You can color your trees purple, bananas pink, dogs green and sun blue. You can start your day when and where you want as long as you’ve got enough drive to make it happen. What story will your life tell today?