I don’t get to write much during the morning, even though that’s my favorite time to do it (thanks work). I came across this famous quote a year or so ago, and it still resonates. I was thinking about it today, and wanted very badly to share it.
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” ― Sylvia Plath,
I have not seen a more poignant and resonant summation of the paralyzing fear that seems to come with growing up. Maybe it will resonate with you, too. Let me know if it does.
Happy Friday! Keep on writing.