Just some thoughts:
Diversion—-An instance of turning something aside from it course.
Recently my wife and I spent some time in Oxford, Mississippi at Rowan Oak the former home of the famous writer, William Faulkner.
As you read about Faulkner’s life it seems from early on he wanted to be a writer. But as is the case with life he ran into a lot of diversions. Sometimes he even had trouble finding directions for his life period.There was about a three year period in which Faulkner was certainly diverted and anything but happy with this diversion.
In 1921 Oxford had a population a bit over 2,000 and Faulkner was appointed to run the local post office.
“As might be expected, Faulkner was more a nuisance than a help at the post office, hardly worth the salary of fifteen hundred dollars per annum.”
“It was amazing that under his trusteeship any mail ever actually got delivered, said those that knew him.”
“The long and short of it remains that Faulkner was an incompetent postmaster and that he used his time in socialize with friends, who often gathered there to play cards, sip whiskey and to write his own stories.”
One Matchless Time–A Life of William Faulkner–Jay Parini
But if you really think about it most everyone has had “diversions” in life. Today we often hear the word “career.” I hear young college kids use that word and I smile to myself. Most often before there is a career there will come divisions.
I asked a young lady that waited on me the other day in a restaurant, “What brought you to Nashville?” “Oh, I’m a songwriter but I need a job to help pay the bills.” I didn’t tell her that I have been told there are over 17,000 songwriters in Nashville.
When our son Jay graduated college there was no “career” discussion. Taking a line from the old rock-n’-roll group The Silhouettes–the word was, “Get a Job.” Likewise when our oldest grandson graduated the line was repeated, “Get a Job.”
Careers—–young people most often careers come after a number of diversions. At least you and William Faulkner can say you had something in common.
(Picture of LA with statue of William Faulkner–at City Hall–Oxford, Mississippi)
July 23, 2018
Posted August 27, 2018