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Why I Write


Andrew

This is re posted.


Andrew Keller

Every morning, Larry and I dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. We have turned to my aunt ginger before and we're going to do it again. She has a blog that I follow called citizen ugly sisters calm. And she wrote one in January that I'm going back to and it's entitled why I write. And she sums up at the end saying I may be vomiting words that are unworthy of others attention but filling pages and notebooks lets me process life's joys and tragedies I read from I can't talk I read for myself for sure. Yet pressing the publish button on WordPress gives me a jolt of bravery that I think I'm addicted to. I think this could be an example of done is better than perfect. And it also makes me think about Ed Sheeran about how he says he writes every day and it's like turning on the top tap and dark water comes out and finally wrote flows click, it finally flows clear. So I think it's a I don't know, I think it's an interesting concept. I don't have anything super deep on this. But just writing every day or getting your thoughts out into the world, I think is a interesting practice. Do you do that?


Larry

I know what I'm about to say is gonna give me a trouble. But I don't think there's a ginger on this earth that is not lovable. So I just know ginger is a lovable person.


Andrew Keller

She's very lovable.


Larry

See, I knew it. I knew it. I haven't even met her. My favorite new person actually has a dog named ginger I just met a couple of weeks ago. The thing about writing which we just we just listened to this interview with Jerry Seinfeld, where he talked about how he gets up every day and sets an assignment for himself to write. And it's it's more the habit of writing than it actually is what he's written.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I think he said that he sits at his desk. And even if nothing happens, like you have to be quiet. I think it was advice he was giving to one of his kids. Yeah. And it's like, it just has to be part of your routine. And I think it's, I did that I traveled for a while. And I made a conscious effort to keep a diary during that. And I think I have better memories of it. Because the entire time I was traveling every night, I had to summarize what I had done. I haven't read that diary in a while. But it's just like a way of highlighting things that were good. I mean, it could be people do it for a gratitude journal, or they do it for anything. I don't know what a substitute for this would be though. Maybe a podcast.


Larry

No, I more. Once again, I don't know. And ginger is a famous writer. I googled her and didn't really find any lots of books. But I liked that she found something that gives her life like that's what gives her like sitting down writing makes her happy. She feels connected, and that she took takes the time to do it every day. I'm all for it, regardless of whatever happens to the words. It's happy. I'm happy for her. Right?


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I mean, I guess we talked about this a lot. But it's writing brings her joy. I think finding something that brings you joy and making it a habit is an important step in your own mental health. Like not everyone wants to write everyday clearly, I don't want to write every day. But I do try to I mean, I do this every day. I think just having habits and having structure in your life gives you a sense of purpose or or can give you more happiness than people give credit for.


Larry

You know, it sounds kind of stupid to say but I feel like most people are not like and ginger and get to there. However old she is 15 or so wish and not know what they like to do. I know that seems stupid, but I feel like you can get to 50 years old of age and be like, I don't even know what I like to do. And the fact that she knows what she likes to do, I think winnings half the battle.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I mean, she's been doing it since 1968. She started writing in her her red five year diary and filled it up four years later. Do you know what what you want to do? I mean, we're saying most people don't. I still I'm not sure what I want to do. Larry, what do you Well, what


Larry

do you do? That's such a big huge bite. Not a bite size, tiny bite size morsel like what do you really like to do? What do you connect with? You know? It so does so your job, your hobbies, your wife your life? I love people. I mean, that's my thing. I love talking to people and asking questions. And I used to think that needed to be Charlie Rose. Not the bad part of Charlie Rose. But it could just be getting to know your neighbor, your friend. So for me just asking questions and learning things being curious. That's what I found that I like to do.


Andrew Keller

I think that's an interesting concept of what you should be doing like a lot of people look at it in the macro sense. You have a kid that About to be going into high school and I bet you she's gonna start getting questions. What do you want to do when you grow up? And I don't think you have to think of it in those terms. I mean, especially now they say you're going to change jobs four times in your career, whatever the number is, and it used to be, you'd go to work for GM get a gold watch after you retired. And I think it's fine, what you're interested in doing for the foreseeable future and be open to the idea of pivoting. I mean, she's been writing her entire year, she was an English teacher, she loved and she stayed loving it. I did things and I liked them a lot at the time. And I was like, Alright, this has run its course, let's move on. Like, I don't think you have to know your purpose. And like maybe going on a walk every day is your thing. And after a while, you get tired of that, and your new thing is making bread.


Larry

Or you know, we have a friend mutual friend, Don, who I feel like lives to paraglide. So whatever he does for money doesn't really matter. He just wants to get done with the job part. So in go paraglide, which, I mean, if that's what you love to do, that's great that you've carved out a life where you've been able


Andrew Keller

to do it. Yeah, it is. I don't know. It's, again, I didn't really know where I was going with this. But just the idea of writing and why you right? Or why you do what you do. Maybe it's a good question to look at what you do throughout the day. And Meghan, why did I do it? Was it for joy? Or was it for because I had to and sometimes you have to do stuff. I really hate the term find your bliss. But I mean, that's kind of coming to mind right now. Like do stuff that makes you happy with it like within your control. Like you can't say working at CVS doesn't make me happy. So I have to quit like that. Maybe you need that paycheck, but like eating Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast makes you happy. So you do that


Larry

time is truly infant testable, like the universe in the bigness of everything that's existed. We are here for such a tiny little blip. I feel this pressure to be somebody to make something of my life to have a good job to be successful make a lot of money. But all of that doesn't matter if you can enjoy your day. If you can wake up and be and ginger and find peace writing. That is what successful on Your Tiny little five second blip that we get to spend on this hunk of Earth. Not anything else. Are you finding joy in the present moment? kudos Dan ginger.


Andrew Keller

Yeah, I think we found the mission statement for this episode be more like ginger.


Larry

God, I love ginger. Yes, gingers.


Andrew Keller

Well, if you also love ginger, please reach out. You can find us every posted podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, I'm Andrew Keller for Barbra Streisand. Thanks for stopping by.



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