Well, it's time for the annual NaBloPoMo aka National Blog Posting Month. Yes, another year has passed, and it's another year I can't do the NaNoWriMo for various sundry reasons. But, still it gives the impetus to write a blog post a day for 31 days.
I think writing has a lot to do with discipline. Good writers have the discipline to sit and just write. The writing itself is the exercise. Just putting thoughts on paper and fleshing out a story, or a poem, or a novel... but I digress.
The topic for the first blog post is: favorite quote.
"Listen to the musn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never-haves, then listen close to me. Anything can happen, child, anything can be." - Shel Silverstein.
"The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live! - Peter's Law of the Sociopathic Obsessive - Compulsive
"Dying people lie too. Wish they'd worked less, been nicer, opened orphanages for kittens. If you really want to do something, you do it. You don't save it for a sound bite." - House, M.D.
The first is from high school. The second is from pre-med, post-baccalaureate studies. The third is from medical school. Different times in my life. Different stations in life. I went from a dreamer, to an adventurer, to a realist. Of course, the true realist would appreciate House's "everybody lies" quote, especially when working in the E.D.
I used to collect quotes. Save them like pennies for a rainy day. I started in college when I needed a lot of encouragement at times. Then I really needed them when I was trying to realize my goal of going to med school having been a pretty mediocre student in college. Needless to say, I kicked butt and made it to med school where I didn't have time for quote collecting, but I did have time to read those saved up quotes and muddle my way through.
I think you need words of encouragement regardless of the source. Some quotes dictate how you live your life while other help you live it better. At this point in my life, I think it's more like Morgenstern on "ER" - “Funny how life is so like surgery . . . sometimes you can make that Rocky-Davis (incision for an appendectomy) in that right lower quadrant.. and then there are those days when your bowel ruptures and spills into your peritoneum and all you are left with is intense pain and sepsis . . . oh, brother, my kingdom for a ten-blade when that happens !”