V sent me this link sometime back.
It's a letter from Charles Bukowski (American writer) to his friend and publisher about how he felt about regular employment.
I usually feel like I can't quite find the right thing to say about a good piece of writing, because it kinda already says all the right things there are to say about it.
But I guess I shouldn't just put up links without sharing a bit of my perspective. (Since it's important to "value-add".) So, I'll just put down some of my notes along some tangent ideas.
- I am, and have always been, really envious of Bukowski for having Black Sparrow Press.
- I wasn't conscious of this when I started this post, but just this morning, I was writing a story on a similar theme. I didn't like how it was going so I didn't complete it. I hope I will be more successful with it next time.
- If I'm writing a reply to him, what will I say? Maybe things like:
- Not everyone working in those positions are emptying out. Because some may like their work. Or the money that comes with it. I know many people who are like that, and who won't even come close to understanding what he is writing about.
- But yes, there are people who understand. And I think they might be better off getting out of the system.
- And I think we don't need to worry about those who don't understand because they're fine. And they'll be fine.
- The people who are laid off and don't know what to do can read my book, "Reflections on career transition", that I wrote for my Ministry of Defence. It'll be out soon. haha.
- He only "got out of the system" at 49 and I'm getting out at 31? I hope I'm good or old enough.
- What is a worthy accomplishment? To others and to myself?
How are you doing, this Monday morning?
Are you thinking about what to eat for lunch?
I tried spending the morning writing,
But I didn't accomplish much.