Confession: I collect quotes, Kindle ebooks and more recently, plants. Whoohoo green thumb!
It is also no secret that I admire and would love to have coffee with Joan Didion. She has been a professional writer for over 50 years, and she definitely knows a thing or five about writing and living.
I met Joan in the pages of her book, The Year of Magical Thinking about seven years ago, just after my mum died. It was a memoir of her own journey with grief after the sudden death of her husband. The book made me think and certainly made me appreciate grief and other people’s journey with grief. I was so struck by her words, I’ve been playing catch up, reading more of her work since.
Reading her work and collecting quotes along the way. Today, I’m sharing some of my favourites with you:
On staying present to the present:
‘Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.’ The Year of Magical Thinking, 2005
On writing to remember:
‘Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.’ Blue Nights, 2011
On grief as a journey and the importance of empathy – who feels it knows it:
‘Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.’ The Year of Magical Thinking, 2005
‘There’s a point when you go with what you’ve got. Or you don’t go.’ The Paris Review, fall-winter 1978
On moving on:
‘I have already lost touch with a couple people I used to be…’ Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 1968