A book by Paul Kalanithi - He’s a very successful neurosurgeon and at 36 is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Today I’m reading about this book in Brain Pickings Weekly – a wonderful blog by Maria Popova. Each week she posts this compendium of really thought-provoking excerpts .
Today, this, commenting on Kalanithi’s book:
That image – the violent slamming shut of chapters we had naively thought would go on and on –
That made me think of chapters in my life that shut but didn’t slam, but that shut nonetheless.
Simple doors that shut: I have closed the door on riding a bicycle, on swimming, on eating nuts and fresh fruit. To quote Elizabeth Bishop, I’ll miss these things, but it isn’t a disaster. But it is a closing out of physical activities I took for granted.
I focus on the things I still can do: bake and garden and watch birds and read and teach and walk and sing and drive a car… so many things. So many doors still open to me.