Today, I have learned a lesson that I think I have learned many times before. There are many lessons of this type, valuable wisdom about living one’s life, or about how one’s brain or emotions work, and that wisdom just erodes out of your memory over time, and you forget until you re-learn it.
I really haven’t done a ton of writing on this site for the past several months; thankfully, this lesson tells me why, and what I have to do to get back into writing. Basically, to do any significant writing, I have realized that I need to let myself get absorbed into the act of writing, to the point that I really lose my sense of place, time, or anything outside of the words and the thoughts and the keys on the keyboard. But for some time now, I’ve been distracted by real and imagined concerns, pulled in multiple directions, and haven’t let myself get sucked in properly. Therefore I don’t get much writing done, and when I do spend time writing, it doesn’t feel very satisfying because I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do a few minutes from now. I’ve gotten so good at multitasking that I started having trouble with monotasking.
But now that I know (or re-know) that, I know that to get some writing done, I need to mentally set that time aside, stop doing other shit like checking my email or downloading music or washing dishes or playing Guitar Hero, and just fucking write.
And, eight months from now, I will forget this again. Somebody bookmark this entry and remind me.
Oh, I also recently realized that this blog had its FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY last month. I’m old.
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