Now you are going to join the confusing mess of life with me and your parents and the rest of us, that we’ve been living in for years ahead of you, where it is not clear at all how to evaluate anything that you are doing or how you’re going to spend the rest of this time on this earth. Welcome to your future.
And the good news is that you can will things into existence. Like, I was not a very good writer, and I just willed it to happen by trying and trying and trying. You leave this school as well-armed for battle as anyone is. You’re doing as well as anybody. And, in my case, you just have to make up what you’re going to be. I would just work and work and work and make up little series that I’ll produce on Morning Edition, and … I just assumed that ideas would be sprinkled on me like fairy dust: You wake up, and you have a good idea. I had to learn that ideas, if you were going to make creative work, you have to find an idea to make the work about. That is a job in itself. And where do ideas come from? They come from other ideas, and you have to surround yourself with things that are interesting to you and notice what is exciting to you and what you want to dive into, and finding what you’re going to make your short story or film or song or art project or movie about is a job. Finding what you want to do next is a job. It’s a task: You have to set aside hours in the day, and you have to be a soldier, and you have to fight for what you’re going to make in yourself.
You cannot tell yourself where things would lead.
- Ira Glass
You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
God loves every person.