It’s funny how people want to push you in all different directions. It is usually their direction.
So many times in my life, I’ve found people trying to put their imprints or ideas upon me. They want you to read this, or study that, or write about this, or talk about that.
Maybe they are just over-sharers. Maybe they want to live through you vicariously. Maybe they have an idea about how you should function in the world, irrespective of you (or me).
My strategy is just to keep walking. It’s helped so far.
Oscar Wilde wrote that: ‘each man kills the thing he loves’.
Never a wiser word written.This is where I think Neil Young, and similar artists, are such geniuses.
In the 1980s, Michael Geffen a record producer, tried to force Neil into producing rock records. Never one to take it lying down, Neil created a bunch of career destroying records such as a rock ably record called ‘Everybody’s Rockin’, and a pure synthesiser record called ‘Trans’.
When you stand your ground people call you stubborn, a control freak, and worse.
My view is that it’s best to shrug them off and do your own thing.
I know who I am. I’m none of these things:
Not a politician.
Not an activist.
Not a transcribe.
Not a journalist.
Nothing of these things.
I am just a guy who writes light-hearted observations on the world. Likes being a hermit. And revels in being eccentric.
The most important decisions, I’m coming to realise, is not who you spend your time with, or what you love, or who you aspire to be.
It’s living authentically, following your own path, and steamrolling anyone who wants to get in between your creativity and you.
What you create is a spiritual quest.
As the great Thoreau wrote: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
Put another way: ‘Don’t be denied’, as Neil sung.
So, I appreciate people sharing ideas with me.
Just please don’t expect to me to transcribe them. Live your own life. Express your own Ideas, through you. Not me.