Another thing occurred to me this week. As I realized that I pay outrageous local taxes and fees, I realized that I don’t really have to live here. I mean if I didn’t have to go to an office. Look, I really only like maybe 80% of the people I have to talk to day in and day out. With the Internet and the fact that I can and do write anywhere, I could push that 20% to email only. Writing is a great thing for location independence. If you are good that is, not like me and you were, you know, getting paid for words. You could travel the world, and just turn out words from anywhere. Sure sure, you would have to be here or there for a meeting or family or what not, but what a concept. I’m sure most of you have figured this one out already. I guess I just did too. Hooray.
Look, I’m an educated guy. I’ve got a Computer Science degree, an MBA, a fucking Physics minor! Why do I pound out little words in this little blog? I guess I see why my wife would pose such a simple question. Well, when she did ask last week, I should have had an answer, bam! on the spot. But i never have and answer, bam! on the fucking spot. I’m a thinker, a mumbler, a stumbler, a whisperer and a stutterer. Clumsy and seemingly stupid when talking and performing. But, I feel I’m quite eloquent when I have a minute and I can write out my answer.
My answer simply, is that I can reach that flow state, that engaged, involved state of mind where I’m relaxed and alive; that feeling you get in the middle of a great movie, where you think you know what will happen, but you’re not quite sure and if someone talks to you right now you will smack them in their stupid face. I can get there faster and more often with writing than anywhere else. Sure I get there once in a while at work still, although less and less often. I get there in music and reading often, nearly as often as writing. But those are passive, no one is going to fucking pay me to watch Sci-fi dramas all day. For that matter, very few will pay me to write. I’m no idealist, well not anymore. But at least I can reach that wonderful meditative passionate state and still have something made at the the other end of it.
Also when you write, you can do anything. If you can describe it and communicate it. You build it in the readers mind. And if you are good, they see what you see and it’s not just wonderful, it’s expansive, it’s anything, everything. You find peace writing and you provide peace for someone reading. what could be more wonderful, what better product of service could you provide than a fucking flow state? Even if it’s just for a moment.
Seems to me that if I can do all that, then why would I do anything else?