“What are you going to do with your life?” In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking me this forever; teachers, my parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still I am no nearer an answer. The future rises up ahead of me, a succession of empty days, each more daunting and unknowable than the one before. How can I ever fill them all? … ‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that is the conventional advice, but really, who has the energy for that? What if it rains or you feel a bit glandy? It just isn’t practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at …something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”
David Nicholls (One Day)

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