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Late Post

Have you ever listened to a song that you’ve heard and sung along with multiple times and then one time, at one moment–it clicks? Songs are written to convey something, but that doesn’t mean listeners always get it, especially not right away.

Tonight I was listening to Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” and I got it. I don’t know if it was the snow, the bonafide snow that falls so quick and so thick you just know, that in a few hours, your world is going to be a new place. You quite literally will be transported somewhere else where a dark road in the dead of night is an interstellar flight to a winter wonderland. I don’t know if it was that, but I think that promise put my mind in the right place. That place was to understand the meaning of the song, at least as I see it.

Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well the good ol’ days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out, for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there

I’m learning to fly, around the clouds,
But what goes up must come down

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Learning to fly is about learning to be happy. Good comes and good goes, but being happy, not euphoric, not ecstatic, is something some have to learn to do. There are no wings, there is nothing that can put you up there. It’s just you, learning to be happy.

This reminded me of Arthur Dent who, to fly, had to simply forget to fall. As you throw yourself at the ground, you must be distracted by something as you plummet towards the ground. What does this say about happiness, if the symbolism follows through? That it can’t be forced. One must learn, that as they fall, to look for the distractions. I’m not sure if the two tie together, but for me, there is a simple lesson about happiness in both.

You can learn to fly, or you can develop a knack for missing the ground. Either way, be happy. Happiness isn’t the euphoria of our best moments, but the acceptance and enjoyment of the moments in between.

 

Though this isn’t about writing, this is something I felt compelled to share. I hope your Saturday brings you a wingless flight or forgetful fall.

5 Quotes to Kick-Off Your Week

Today, I’m feeling exhausted. But I wanted to give you a great post SO I decided to find some inspiration from some of my favorite writers to hopefully spur you on in your writing and/or NaNoWriMo.

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.
Ray Bradbury

I love Bradbury and this is how I first started to hone my craft. I have always read and wrote, from the time when I could speak, so without knowing, I have always done this. This is the same method my professors used in undergrad and I can’t recommend it enough. To write well, you must read and study what you read. Too often, I consume books without really thinking but when I find one I really like, I figure out why and how I can incorporate that into my own work.

Write what makes you happy. Write what makes you want to write more. Write to please yourself first, because you may be the only audience you have for years and years. Listen to what other people tell you, because there may be something in what they say that’s useful, but learn also to trust in your own instincts about your writing.
Tamora Pierce

Pierce’s work, though YA, still captures my heart. Her work always contains strong females and teenagers that, to me, are real. I love her work and will continue reading her.

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
Douglas Adams

Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books because not only is it science fiction but it’s a comedy. I fell in love with Adam’s work and his attitude about life. This quote of Adams’s is one of my favorites of all time but it also rings true when writing. Sometimes we can plan every scene but as it unfolds, we have to let it come naturally. The scene may not unfold as we thought it would, but it unfolds how it needed to.

If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.
Philip Pullman

Pullman hit this one right on the head–write, write when you want to and write when you don’t, but always write.

A book comes and says, “Write me.” My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability, which is never good enough, but all I can do is listen to it, do what it tells me and collaborate.
Madeleine L’Engle

L’Engle’s Time Quartet inspired me to write, to make up my own stories, to try to achieve something great.

I hope you all enjoyed these quotes and happy writing!