Saturday, September 1, 2018

NFL72 Update

I love to write, and then I like writing. But then I go back to loving having written.

This adds up to it being about the most dependably fun activity that I have found in my 50 years and a month. It isn't for everyone, and it isn't always for me. But I do most often lovelikelove the activity, and I am thankful for the people who figured it out so that I get to do it. An Earth of only me would've never come up with a pencil or paper; we would've never figured out the uniform connection of squiggles to their meanings, and we absolutely would've never built computers. We might've imagined those things and talked about how great all of them would be, but an Earth of me would've never pushed through on all of the necessary details of research and development, prototyping, deployment, testing, certification, marketing, maintenance, refinement, etc. to actually realize the wonder of these innovations. We would've never stood for all of that rigamarole, and we would've instead just settled ourselves down with naps or staring into space or talking about football or whatever.

So, thank you.

I have come to realize, too--too, because that first part was also a realization--that I genuinely do hope I get to enjoy a period of having retired from writing to get to enjoy doing some writing. I am thankful to have a good job in writing, and I hope I get to keep it for several more years because I certainly am convinced that I need several more years of income. At the same time of that thankfulness, too, I am also looking forward to becoming convinced that I no longer need more years of income. If and when that happens, I now realize how much I want to give up writing and do some writing.

The things I think I would like to write about are the things I write about here at the HP when I'm not writing. Gradually, I would like to do more and more writing and less and less writing, and, eventually, I would like to write all of the time and not write any more at all. I think that would be a lot of fun.

Well, I do hope that time happens. But it might well not, and I am going to do my best to not be mad if it doesn't. I'm going to try to stay thankful for the now, when I get to do some writing when I'm not writing. This isn't all bad at all--it's good, in fact.

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