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I Don't Know How

"... a year during which he rowed in the winning Oxford boat, explored Spitsbergen, fell in love with ski-ing, and – perhaps – conquered Everest. The English love rather to live well than to live long.’

This is a quote from a friend of 22-year old mountaineer Andrew Irvine, who disappeared on Everest in 1924.

In addition to the above-listed accomplishments, Irvine was a talented mechanical engineering student and a motorcyclist.

Granted, I can do without the freezing to death on a mountain part, but... how does one live like this? How does one... do things?

For me, the days roll into weeks and months, and suddenly another year is gone, with nothing to show for it. Any one of Irvine's achievements would be a lifetime achievement for me, yet he did it all within one short year, at scarcely more than twenty years of age.

I don't even know how to begin to achieve even a one of these things, or, for that matter, anything. So, I sit here. And another year passes.


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Sep. 30th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Heh. Don't get wrapped up in that "The English love to live well rather than to live long" bit.

It's also been said that "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way." (My, but how I love all the lyrics to that song.)

So, yeah. We all sometimes feel like we idle. And methinks you overlook your accomplishments. I've never seen La Tomatina, Sputnik, NASA, nor the sunset from my house on the beach. I've never delighted a classroom full of kids. I don't engage friends from around the world (simultaneously) quite like you.

Dang. Now it occurs to me that you're living the dream, and my life's been idle. :)

Edited at 2008-09-30 04:55 pm (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
You want boring? Swap with my live.

I did things when I was younger. But once I started working I stopped 'doing' things.
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