Life is a Series of Distractions

I was talking to my parents about my hobbies, my interests and all the things that fill up my day, when I realized in a way all of my life is about finding distractions from the inevitability of death.

We do our best to make our lives count, to matter at least to ourselves. But in the end, what do we have? Money, family, friends–none can be carried forward. We really only have one life. One chance to make it worth it.

So I spend time with the people I love. I make time to see my friends. I play with my dog. I visit my family.  But the one thing that gives my life purpose is my writing. Without it, there is no point to getting up in the morning, fighting rush hour or working long hours.

For those few hours I get to write and be with my characters, I would sacrifice just about anything. Because when I die, my writing will live on. My characters and my story will exist long after me.

What distraction gives your life purpose? Or is it a series of little ones that makes each day worth living?

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4 Responses to Life is a Series of Distractions

  1. Gerard says:

    Hey, I like the way you put it, that life is a series of distraction. Lot of truth to that.

    • Unfortunately, my distractions just got the best of me and I posted twice in one day. Ugh. I blame my cold which is still hanging on by its fingernails. But glad you like the post. So what are your favorite distractions?

  2. Emma says:

    A very philosophical post 🙂
    Well, the thing that keeps me going is my family. When I get up in the morning, the first thought that comes to my mind is my son. I just love watching him grow up and getting more and more independent (although as his mom it’s hard to watch him get more self-reliant, somehow he’ll always be my little boy). But as a matter of fact, writing has become a very important part of my life, too. And even if I can’t always commit as much time as I want to to my writing, I still need it as sort of balance, something that is all me and my ideas—some sort of break from everything else. Writing is very important for me and I think once my son grows older it’ll more and more become my focus in life, which I’m really looking forward to 🙂

    • That’s wonderful to have your family and your writing. A perfect balance. 🙂 I envy you. With a full time job and my writing, I find my personal life frequently takes a backseat…and so do my household chores. 😛 Thank goodness for email and Skype! What a great perspective you have on your son growing up! He’s very lucky to have you.

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