Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.J.K. Rowling
What a thing to say. What a place to reach in your life where you come to terms with your failures in a way that they become your stepping stones to yourself. (If that’s not alchemy it’s stoic. ) When it comes to what I can bring into this world as both an individual and as part of the human collective, it’s writing for me. Not just the act of writing but the entire process. The solitude, the connections, the gathering of ideas and exchange of lessons, imagination, and inspiration; that all excites me. The whole process of writing is something that matters to me. What’s nice about this is that it takes the pressure off the rest of my life.
Finding out what matters to me in life and doing it regardless of external factors is something I’ll always be willing to invest in.