ONE ADVANTAGE OF MOVING IS THAT IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE
TO RE-THINK THINGS
Let me freely admit that I don’t like being forced out of my comfort zone—but I would be the last to deny that having to re-think things has its advantages. Necessity, so to speak, breeds perspective.
For most of my working life, partly as an aid to my eclectic memory, I have tended to operate with a largely paper based support infrastructure large enough to lay waste to a small forest (it included many thousands of books and nearly as many files) but now I am back in Europe I have decided to try and go substantially electronic.
I am being pushed into it by the fact that it was just plain uneconomic to ship all the files I had accumulated in Seattle to Europe, but also by the feeling that I may now be computer literate enough to make the move.
I’m also attracted by the notion of being able to travel lighter—and needing less on a day to day basis—and generating vastly less waste. I will also need less space to live and work in—a decidedly attractive thought.
I don’t intend to give up paper totally—I still have a weakness for indexed ring-binders (or their European equivalents) and I love real paper books, but live in hopes I will be able to get through the rest of my life without a paper filing system.
I love paper—but even the most passionate affairs come to an end.
My love of writing isn’t an affair. It’s fundamental to who and what I am.
My main objection to death is that it seems likely to interrupt my writing.
But, you never know.