“You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.”-Treebeard, The Two Towers
It’s easy to choose not to do something. Most things worth doing take a lot of time, and there are so many other things to do anyway.
And yet there are millions of things which take so little time to do, and after having done them I couldn’t care less whether I had or hadn’t done them to begin with.
I want to write a novel.
I don’t have a scientific reason for saying this but I think it it will take me about 1000 hours to write it.
That’s roughly 41.5 days of my life.
It seems so impossible, just to think about how many hours I’m going to have to put into.
And yet, how many hours do I waste doing things which add no value to my life?
If I cut those things out of my life, even by 50%, I think I could write a novel in under a year. It wouldn’t be easy, but I think I could do it.
In this modern life that we live in, a lot of things get said, and very little of it is worth the time it took say it. I want to say something that takes a really long time to say, because I really believe that the things most worth saying are the things that are worth taking a long time to say.
We just have to create the time to say them.