“… and what if I never made you walk that crooked line?”







The following exchange prompted a post, in and of itself:



Permit me to explain why that is.




I’ve said many times, my style is intentional.


I’ve also ► stated exactly why ◄ I’ve chosen the style I have.


Yet, I don’t believe I’ve ever articulated why I believe it prudent for men to revisit my work months – possibly years – after their first reading of my work.




I’ll start by saying, I was once asked what kind of writer I consider myself.


My answer was memorable, if simple.


I’m not a writer.


I just live and take notes.




See, far too many get caught up seeking knowledge from others.


Which isn’t a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination.


In fact, as I wrote in ► my first book ◄:



An intelligent man learns from his mistakes;

a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.




However, I still believe – overall – experience is the best teacher.


Thus, like Daedalus to Icarus, I advocate the middle path.


Read what you can.


Then live how you will.


Without relying too much upon either.




There is wisdom to be found in the works of others.


But others cannot possibly know the needs of your soul, in particular.


Thus, seek the One True Path that calls to your best self.


Permitting others to be beacons—


Without ever making them the destination itself.


Since that, my friends, is yours alone.




To some, this moment may prompt the question:


“So why revisit your work at all, A♠?”


For these important, encouraging reasons:


You’ll notice the guidance you were given was more complete than you saw, at first glance.


And the other footsteps on your road are clearer than you’d realized.








One Response to ““… and what if I never made you walk that crooked line?””

  1. A♠,

    Going on 4 years since I first read this, but it’s encouraged me a great deal:

    “Yet, everything is telling you to be what they want you to be.

    So stop listening to the internet, the television, society and – most of all – your parents.

    Instead, sit down with a piece of paper and a pen.

    Describe the person you feel you are.

    Warts and all.

    Then look in the mirror.

    Then look around your abode.

    Then start getting rid of shit, inside and out, that doesn’t match the page.”

    Trying to be what I thought I was supposed to be led directly to the greatest personal and financial failures I’ve ever experienced. Oftimes I would make spectacular progress along a path but inevitably the fire would go out and it would all slide back into entropy. The long expensive aftermath always lasted far longer than the original inspiration.

    I spin no elaborate plans anymore. Simplicity and humility. I will not be running the world and I’m reliably informed it could cost me my soul to try.

    And you know what? Even at nearly 52, there’s still not a lot that I couldn’t still accomplish … and I didn’t really want that 10-page full-colour layout in Tiger Beat all that badly anyway 😉

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