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Life is Sweet like an Ice Cream Cone

“Technically, just like with the rings of a tree or Carbon-14, it had to be possible to measure the passage of time with the melting of vanilla ice cream.” -Herman Koch, The Dinner.

Earlier in the summer, I made a list of all the books I wanted to read before school starts on the notes application in my iPhone . With titles from The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort to Karen Mack’s Freud’s Mistress, the list was similar to that of the ice cream shop we went to last night: not overwhelmingly extensive in options, but satisfyingly diverse in content.

I just finished Herman Koch’s The Dinner yesterday morning.
A spontaneous buy at the Chicago O’Hare airport, I perused two bookstores before finding the perfect novel to follow my recent wrap-up with Sienna Brooks and Robert Langdon in a tireless search for an unknown plague in Dan Brown’s inferno.

Brief Thoughts on novel: In short, Koch’s writing was incredible throughout the book, but I wasn’t in love with the ending as it lacked the meticulous creativity that was so present in the numerous preceding pages. However, Koch reaches a vast audience in that his diction is genuine and the breakdown of the plot (which takes place over the course of a single dinner) is presented in the chronological constituents of the characters’ four-course meal, starting with the aperitif.

Last night, we made a post-dinner trip to a local ice cream shop on the island. We unanimously ordered single-scoops of various flavored ice cream on sugar cones that we took outside the shop to enjoy in the evening’s warmth. The outdoor temperature got to our ice cream faster than we could, so we tried to finish our cones quickly before the heat melted our delectable desserts into a gooey mess.

With the story still fresh in mind, I was reminded of the above quote last night while eating my ice cream cone.  I often find myself rushing through life and focusing more on the destination rather than the journey to said destination. I over-analyze the steps it takes to reach a goal and although I find accomplishing my goals extremely rewarding, I can’t help but feel disappointed that I couldn’t find the same enjoyment in the steps it took to get there.

So to keep this post short and sweet like last night’s Moose Tracks ice cream, here’s what I’m trying to say:
Just as one enjoys the process of eating ice cream despite the heat that is causing it to melt quickly, so should one enjoy life’s various situations no matter the speed. Even if you are rushing through your journeys and things are moving at a faster pace than you are comfortable with, remember to enjoy every second of it as if you are enjoying an ice cream cone on the Turks and Caicos islands.

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My Next BIG Goal

Friday: Arguably the best day of the week.
I always make plans to do something adventurous on the weekends because I don’t work at all on Saturday and Sunday, but somehow I usually end up on my dining room floor in front of the TV  being everything but adventurous…

That is why this weekend I have decided to start on my book. Although the premise for my fiction novel is not yet concrete, the uncertainties of actually writing a book are what instill the most fear in me. Of course it is a huge challenge, and just thinking of the painstakingly long week I spent writing my first 15-page sociology paper takes my mind into an unknown land of worry and stress. However, I am most excited to take on the challenge of working on something I deem somewhat of a far-reach.

Who says you can’t write a book at 20? Well, technically I’m still 19, but I’ll be 20 in three weeks! 20 year-old author sounds a hell of a lot better than 20 year-old crazy cat lady…which I was convinced I was slowly becoming just a few months ago. I’ll just be sure to stock up on my tried-and-true Starbucks DoubleShot Energy drinks from Walgreens to get me through the late night fatigue.

I know that I am capable of writing a great fiction novel. Will my adorable puppy whom I can’t help but pick up and kiss every two seconds get in the way of my productivity? Sure, but at least I’ll have him to keep me company while I’m saying my crazy train of story ideas aloud to myself.

After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and now Inferno by Dan Brown, I feel compelled to rise up to a similar level as these authors whom I admire so much. Just as Brown quotes in his book from Dante Alighieri, “There’s a special place in Hell reserved for those who maintain neutrality in times of moral crisis,” I feel I’m reserving myself a special spot in personal life discontentment if I choose not to embark on this exciting journey of writing a book.

Who knows: Maybe I can even hit up my guy Matthew Berry for advice on writing a book…and to prepare for my upcoming fantasy football league; another thing to distract me from this book!

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