Chuck, any advice for a 22 year old feeling paralyzed by fear at the cusp of adulthood?
Every age has its own fear. In childhood I feared bullies and the Vietnam draft. In adulthood I feared failing at a career. I feared the death of my parents — my greatest fear to date. Please just accept that a greater fear will always arrive to replace the last fear. Then, regardless, do what you dream of doing.
P.S. In the photo recently posted of me holding the hand-lettered sign, I spelled my own name wrong. I am an idiot. At times that is a blessing.
After delaying finishing Solanin for so long, I’ve finally finished it.
I think it’s a beautiful, timeless story. Asano Inio’s narration manages to capture the thoughts, struggles and worries, ephemeral moments of happiness, of life and death in a small extract of an individual’s life.
You can connect with them. The characters are just real, ordinary people, who are just lost in life. And from what I’ve learnt, it’s okay to be like that sometimes.