I get affected by the things I read. I just finished reading Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich. I am now reading Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There. It’s like going from a funeral to the best darned party you’ve been to for a very long time. Good thing that I have them back to back- and I’m ending with the party! I love a good social eat, drink and laugh!
In The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Ivan has successfully climbed the “corporate ladder” only to get to the top and find himself sick and dying. When God asks Ivan what he wants in response to Ivan’s pleas for reprieve, Ivan says: “I want to live”. God asks him: “When were you living?” and then Ivan thinks about how he had some pleasure from work, but there was so much more to it that he could not identify in his work as “really living”. So when had he “really lived”? He remembered his childhood and fondly thought of all that “really living” meant then.
Now as I read Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson talks about the experience of traveling to Europe. There is little that is knowingly familiar and everything is mysteriously fun and exciting in this travel through Europe. In Great Britain, people don’t eat with their forks correctly. In France, people cannot stand in line without a problem erupting. In Spain, they do not know how to eat at the proper time, and the Italians, well forget it- they have absolutely no idea about how to drive a car! And it just makes me laugh to think about how the simplest things are new and different and exciting from the moment I stepped off the American soil and into Bill Bryson’s read. I just love it!
So, may we all be a kid for a while! Some day we may find ourselves in the same spot as Ivan Ilyich and we might ask ourselves: “When did we really live”? I figure, I better start now to create the opportunities to feel like I am experiencing that excitement of childhood- to marvel at everything around me as new and fun and interesting rather than taking it all for granted in a boring repetition of a “matter of fact”.
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