Oliver Sacks wrote about facing terminal cancer in the New York Times this week. He said that from now on what was important to him was his family, friends and work. Everything else did not matter. He felt disconnected; no longer watched news programmes or worried about global warming. For however long he has left, he is going to concentrate on those things that really matter.
A lesson for life? I thought so.
Then I started thinking and came to the conclusion that it is not that simple. At least not for me and maybe that’s true of other writers too. I spend a lot of my time not focusing on the essential. I do sit in front of TV programmes I can’t be bothered not to watch. I do read articles I’m not really interested in. I do wander through household tasks.
It may sound like I’m wasting time, but…
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