Listening to Steven Pressfield personify “resistance” and then go on and on about his phobias regarding creativity is exhausting. I almost feel like sending him a bill for a psychiatry session. When he goes into religious babbling, well, I lost interest. Writing, creativity and storytelling isn't an ongoing battle with some invisible monster named resistance. Creativity isn't something whispered by angels into the ears of a transcriber. If you want to write, or create art of any type, you simply do it. If you persevere, you will create art. If you continue, and you improve along the way, you may create great and enduring art. Yes, you may have personal challenges, phobias and self-doubts to work through. But hearing Pressfield go on about his personal issues will be of dubious help. Skip this book and spend time creating something great on your own. Your time will be better spent.
I'm sittting in the Charles de Gaulle airport, leaving France. It almost feels like I haven't been here.
I don't feel at home in France. It feels like I am in “their” country (hence the title of this article). A month and a half ago, I spent two travel-packed weeks in China. April was Italy, where I spent the vast majority of my days waking up, traveling to a new city, lecturing, eating, then sleeping each day. Then repeating that over and over and over. Before that, China, much the same (work, work, work)
It might be that my time in Paris was needed to recover. My six days were spent relaxing. One afternoon I went out and visited my friend Yves, and his friend Alafrez. I almost missed that meeting because I slept in.
I planned to go see the Eiffel Tower on Sunday, but rain discouraged me. I saw it, the Mona Lisa, the Arc de Triomphe (and much more) about three decades ago. It felt nicer to stay in the AirBnB in north Paris, rather than venture out into old territory. I did make a daily visit to the McDonalds across the street. Sometimes, familiar food is what a Hobbit needs.
Well, let's see how things progress. Amsterdam is completely new to me. If I stay inside the whole week, then I will have to evaluate if this trip was the wisest choice I have made in recent years.