I attended a going-away party for a friend last weekend, and an older woman there gave my friends and I some sage advice. Seeing as we are a group of 20-somethings in that awkward transitional phase when we can’t decide what we want for breakfast, let alone what we want to do with the rest of our lives, we’ll take advice from anyone who is offering it.
The woman said, “If you walk into a nursing home anywhere in the world and ask one of the residents what they regret most about their life, they will never answer with a something they regret doing. They will only answers with regrets about the things they did not do.” This reminded me of a Hunter S. Thompson quote, which appeared in last week’s Zen Pencils. “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
I’ve always understood this quote (in its "Fear and Loathing" context) to mean you may have created a situation that makes you feel like you are in over your head, but turning back would be a rather uninteresting option. This quote, in its Zen Pencils context, also works as a form of encouragement: Just do it. You won’t regret it.
This is my last day at GoComics, and, in retrospect, this quote perfectly reflects my experience here. This is a real job: I’ve had to do real work, and there were times I felt like I was in over my head. When I started here, I was still in school and I didn’t know if I would be able to make it to the finish line with my sanity intact, but with the extraordinary help from the GoComics team I have found my voice as a writer and grown so much as a professional. I am so glad I bought the ticket and took the ride.
~Meredith, the magical mystery intern.
P.S. Do you have any advice for me as I embark on my next adventure? I would love to hear it. Comment on this blog post and let me know.