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I found this quote just now that sums up my life pretty well. Mel sent to me ages ago, and I thought it described it pretty well then, but now that I’m actually reading it in context, I have to write it down.

It’s from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

 “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.

From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olypic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out.

I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”

At this point in time, I’d take Constantin and Socrates and Attila.

(By the way, in googling “The Bell Jar” I have just learned that Julia Stiles is to play Esther in the film set to come out this year. I haven’t decided how I feel about that.)


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