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For Those Who Feel Imprisoned by What They Do

Yet again, I find myself quoting from other people’s material, but I like to share the things that inspire me. This time Stephen Fry has come to the rescue. Interviewed for the Radio Times by a 14-year-old boy called Eden, he was asked if there were any ambitions he had left. He quoted Oscar Wilde who said that if you know what you want to be, then you will inevitably become it – that it your punishment, but if you never know that you can be anything. Then we added that we are not nouns, we are verbs. He is not an actor or a writer: he acts and he writes. In closing he said that you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.

As someone who never knew what they wanted to do, this is not only an incredible piece of advice to give to a 14 year old, it is an incredible piece of advice for those of us who feel imprisoned at any age.

One comment

  1. Like it!
    I much prefer ‘ I design gardens’ to the rather snooty ‘Garden Designer’. It could be even longer ‘I give Nature a hand and do a bit of plant choosing and editing’. Ultimately I can design all I want, but if my choices were wrong, Nature has a way of letting me know!

    Comment by helen williams on July 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm