Monday, July 2, 2007

Be good and you will be lonesome


Be good and you will be lonesome
Be lonesome and you will be free
Live a lie and you will live to regret it
That's what living is to me
-Jimmy Buffett

The 4th of July. Independence Day. Choosing our own destiny.

As the years of my life wind on, choosing my own destiny becomes increasingly important to me. It's one of the reasons I write. Hell, it might be the main reason. I know that. I write because I can control the story. I can control the life of my characters in a way that I find difficult in my own. I can choose their destiny. I can give them their independence.

And in so doing, I give myself some independence too. I live a life a little less lonesome; a life with a little less regret. Everyday I write I give myself a new independence day. Everyday I write I live less of a lie. And that's what living is to me.

17 comments:

ellen said...

one of my favorite quotes. learned it a long time ago from jimmy's song. now it seems to be so true. thank you for your page, i enjoy it.

Morristache said...

Good to see a kindred spirit. Writing a blog where one person comments is about as lonesome as lonesome can be. But importance can't be judged by popularity in one's lifetime, else Van Gogh would be considered an abject failure.

Mark Combes said...

Thanks Ellen and Morristache for stopping by. I appreciate the company!

Anonymous said...

I've always loved this quote but struggled a bit to know what Twain meant from it. I know what it means to me, but can you help with what you think Mark meant by it?

Mark Combes said...

Anon-

This is my personal take on Twain's meaning - and it's just one man's opinion. But Twain was a man that spoke his mind. He pulled no punches. He lived a lively life. He made enemies because of this. But he didn't live a safe life. A "good" life so to speak. One that doesn't offend people. But that isn't an interesting person. Not someone that Twain would want to know or be like. So if you were "good" then you wouldn't have many friends and thus would be lonely.

Buffett's take is in line with this I think. Live a lively life and you will be blessed with many friends. And that's what living is to me.

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Anonymous said...

I hear the quote to mean a statement about monogomy. When one is away from their partner & feels lonely - that can fuel many peoples reasoning in trying to salve the loneliness with another. To a married person, though. That choice takes you away from missing & thinking about your other half & subjects one to also be inclined to not be honest to the folk you meet in the desire to not feel lonely - which makes you hurt your partner, your new acquaintance - & yourself ultimately. All because you were fueled by a loneliness that could be made into a good thing if you weren't being BAD.