Reason #29 to Keep Living: Chaos and Friendship

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It has been a very long time since I have found happiness and genuine satisfaction in the place in which I live. The last few weeks have been a flurry of Christmas festivities, bad Netflix movies, and subtle chaos, exemplified in the photograph above by the haphazard Christmas lights strung around the room. I haven’t been writing nearly as much as I have wanted to, and yet I don’t feel wholly incomplete. I feel that when I do fall into a more strict writing schedule, the writing muscles in my brain will finally be rested and ready to plunge into some as yet unfinished stories.

I don’t feel as beat up and torn as last year, despite the traces of discreet wildness running through my life. Read further here as to why this might be the case.

I perhaps will have a happy Christmas.

On a seemingly unrelated note, I would like to share a quotation from the novel I recently finished reading, Song of Kali by Dan Simmons. It was a strange, unconventional horror novel, and I think I have much to learn from it.

“There are no unimportant cruelties.

Friendship, chaos — somehow it all fits. Goodnight, now. I’m sure we all need a little more rest.


If you have a reason to keep living, whether it be big or small, simple or complex, send it with a photo and a brief explanation to erica-mck@hotmail.com. Your photo and writing will be featured on the Amber Typewriter in weeks to come!


Read the original post of 101 Reasons to Keep Living to discover the genesis of this project.

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