I first read Travels With Charley in college. Since then, I have tried to live my life with a healthy dose of Steinbeck like voraciousness. As an overachiever in high school, it never occurred to me that laziness and lack of movement towards a goal were sometimes noteworthy accomplishments. Steinbeck changed my mind. Like him, I tend to overindulge in whatever activity I find myself, including lack of activity. Today seems to be one of those days. Thanks to my understanding spouse, I have no one nagging me to change. She is a unique woman indeed. So, raise a glass to Steinbeck, and smoke that cigar. You don’t have an infinite number of opportunities left.
“I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― Travels with Charley: In Search of America