This time dear reader, I will not start the post talking about a book, I will end up talking about one. A very old but very special one that had a profound impact in my life, not because of its content but because of the story behind it. The thread that makes the connection between the following tso sories is the impact that a teacher’s expectations may have on us.
If you have felt awkward your entire life sensing that somehow there’s something wrong with you because you’d rather stay curled up at your living room sofa on a Saturday night with a cup of tea and a good book than dress up, go out and have some some drinks with a group of friends at a fancy, loud bar, well, let me tell you Quiet has been written for you, as I felt it was written for me. Many others are claiming the same and feeling quite good about.
The war of art by Steven Pressfield centers on an old topic in a very original way. Don’t we all have those projects that have come to naught? Like a more spiritual life, a career in sports, a business venture, writing a book?
Pressfield says that we all have ” an unlived life within us.” Between this life and the one that we live daily is where Resistance is. “There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t. And that secret is: it’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” He identifies Resistance as a force that doesn’t allow us to get where we really want to. The whole first part of the book is used to define it. Invisible, implacable, insidous, universal and fueled by our fears are only some of the characteristics that the author uses to identify it. In this way, he gives shape to a feeling that might have had many times when trying to materialize our creative impulses.