He had lived on his own terms

Every morning, no matter how late he had been up, my father rose at 5:30, went to his study, wrote for a couple of hours, made us all breakfast, read the paper with my mother, and then went back to work for the rest of the morning. Many years passed before I realized that he did this by choice, for a living, and that he was not unemployed or mentally ill. I wanted him to have a regular job where he put on a necktie and went off somewhere with the other fathers and sat in a little office and smoked. But the idea of spending entire days in someone else’s office doing someone else’s work did not suit my father’s soul. I think it would have killed him. He did end up dying rather early, in his mid-fifties, but at least he had lived on his own terms.

[p.xii, Bird by bird – Some instructions on writing and living, Anne Lamott]

 

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2 gedachten over “He had lived on his own terms

    1. Via via kreeg ik de titel van het boekje door, dus toen maar meteen aangeschaft en afgelopen weekend begonnen met lezen. Ik had nog nooit van haar gehoord. Tot dusverre bevalt het goed. Ik heb wel gezien dat ze op twitter (een beetje) actief is. Wat FB betreft…

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