Vague Thoughts, Incomplete Stories & Random Ideas

It’s Okay

There are certain writers, usually men, throughout the world, that at some point decide to write a book which collects random thoughts and anecdotes. You read these books, and as you go through them, you slowly piece together the writer’s life. How old he is, where he comes from, where he is now, if he has kids…

Inevitably, at some point in the book, usually about two thirds of the way through, he recounts how a terribly romantic love story began in his youth. He describes the girl in question in an ambiguous, generic way, as if to suggest she was just one of many throughout the years. Yet the words somehow reveal the girl was particularly special. “And I went on to marry her” he then reveals at the end of the chapter.

As you keep reading, he recounts how they went to live in a small apartment, learned how to deal with the hot water always running out, got better jobs, had a kid, got a larger apartment, traveled, fought, made up, had another kid. Then, twenty pages later, you deduce they’re no longer together, even though the writer doesn’t ever go into whatever tragedy befell the relationship. All you gather is that now he lives with another woman, younger probably. He doesn’t explain why it ended because it doesn’t really matter. That’s just what happens in life. Things end. New things begin… and somehow, it’s okay.

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