Video: 12 Truths I learned from life and writing

24 Jan Video: 12 Truths I learned from life and writing

A very amusing and insightful talk where Anne Lamott shares her best tips on how to view yourself, life, families and God.

“There are cracks in everything, that’s how the light gets in” is my favourite quote from her talk.
Anne believes we are all doomed and overwhelmed and having reached the age of 60; she decided to write down all of the things she knows for sure. One thing she had to acknowledge she knows for sure is that she is no longer 47. An age she feels most comfortable being.

She shares her regrets that she followed the advice of the 1960s in respect of skincare and feels that everyone can probably do a bit better in respect of taking care of ourselves. To eat better, connect more with nature and when we are out connecting with nature to “look up”. We need to look inside ourselves to heal and we must stop trying to help others; they have to find their own way to fix things that are wrong with themselves and their lives. Chocolate is not a food!

Successful, published writers need to acknowledge that they need to recover from publication and the temporary success that follows. It’s a privilege to be published, and writing is a process you can learn. As a novelist and non-fiction writer, her book “Bird by Bird” explains this in greater detail.

We also learn that everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes and that includes us!
Anne believes it’s a miracle any one of us was born, and we should remember this when we engage with our families. Families are hard, hard, hard and all truth is a paradox.