Friday, May 27, 2005

Life is not inspiration.

If you are waiting for the proper mood to arrive before you do The Thing That Will Make Your Life Better, you're fucked. Life put you on this planet, but that's pretty much all it's done. After that, Life becomes single-mindedly devoted to distracting you from everything that matters.

Life will tire you, especially if you have to work for a living. It will stress you, making you want to eat fattening chocolate. It will distract you with new lovers and children. It may even flood your body with depressing chemicals, making you feel blue and unwanted.

If you believe that you should only do the right things when Life has aligned itself properly for you to do them, you'll be working in very short windows of time. Capital-L Life knows your long-term prognosis is death, so all it gives a rat's ass about is next week. If you're alive at the end of the week, that's good enough.

Except it's not good enough for you. You can burn through seventy or eighty weeks, only to find that you're pretty much in the same place, except older. And then you wonder why you're getting nowhere.

And since Life is engineered to exhaust you, the trick is to fucking do the things you need to, even if you don't feel like it.

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