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Try to Do Things Right
January 28, 2009 |
Post to the Host:
How do you maintain your schedule? Where do you get your energy? What keeps you motivated after all the shows and the traveling?
Doesn't seem so strenuous to me, John, but my guess is that heredity plays a huge role here as it does in so much else in life. Riding through snowy Ohio to try to catch a plane home today, a man in the car said he was at high risk for heart attacks, though he exercises and lives right, simply because his family has a history of them he said, "Heredity multiplies your risk by ten, smoking only by three." A man my age feeling the burden of mortality. So maybe I got a different set of genes. My grandmother Dora worked hard right up to the end and most of my uncles and aunts steamed into their eighties at a pretty good clip. It sure isn't strength of character on my part. If anything, it's fear of old age and fear of death. I stand in the wings before a show and think, "I won't get to do this that much longer, so quit screwing around and do it right, Idiot." I never used to think that way back in my thirties and forties I nursed a whole series of grievances against the world, and now I feel nothing but lucky. I get to do this show, get to write books with some certainty of publication, get to say what I want in a weekly column. And this fabulous laptop permits a person to carry his office on his lap. So why not try to do things right?