I went through a very bad bout of jealousy last year, when someone with whom I am (or rather was) friendly did extremely well. It felt like every few days she’d have more good news about how well her book was doing. It threw me for a loop. I am a better writer than she is. Sometimes I would get off the phone and cry. I felt like the wicked stepsister in a fairy tale. I told another friend, and she read me some lines by a Lakota Sioux: ‘Sometimes I go about pitying myself. And all the while I am being carried on great winds across the sky.’ That is so beautiful, I said; and I am so mentally ill.Anne Lamott, in her book Bird by Bird, which was referenced by Andrew Peterson in his interview yesterday
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Interesting. What prompted this?
Peterson referenced Lamott’s book. It’s a good book, I have it on my shelves, and this is one of many very funny quotes from it.