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Here’s What it Takes

July 16, 2021 (104 words)

It doesn’t take a certain kind of life to be a writer, because any kind of life will do. It’s not a matter of social pedigree, or having a blue-ribbon educational background, or even a flair for the arts. All that’s required is a heightened level of attentiveness. And being given the privilege of wrestling with your problems in solitude.

(Okay, so maybe a reasonable facility with one’s native language will also come in handy.)

It’s really just a variation on the “grow where you’re planted” thing. The “stand still and look, until you really see” approach to daily living. That’s all it takes.

Robert J. Cavanaugh, Jr
July 16, 2021

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