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as one grows older

greatcoatAs one grows older one is appallingly exposed to wearing life instead of living it. Habit, physical deterioration and slower digestion of experiences, all tend to make one look on one’s dear life as a garment, a dressing grown, a raincoat, a uniform, buttoned on with recurrent daily [tasks] …

[F]or myself I found one remedy, and that is to undertake something difficult, something new, and re-root myself in my true faculties. … For in such moments, life is not just a thing one wears, it is a thing one does and is.

source: Maxwell, W. (ed.) (1982). The letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner. New York: Norton & Co. 


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