It is a beautiful Saturday morning and barring the fact that I feel glad to be alive (which is only partly because this morning while on my way to work I had a rickshaw driver who drove like Schumacher and I was almost thrown off my seat a dozen times).
I feel inspired and Mr. Bukowski is just the person I feel like quoting today. Interesting fact, inspite of this quote and his illustrious life, his headstone reads “Don’t even Try.” He frequently gave this advice to people who came to him wanting help to write.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum