"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."
- Ernest Hemmingway
I spend a lot of time sitting in either a car or a desk in Satan's den. So, I crave interesting things to listen to while I'm driving and/or fanning the flames of hell*.
National Public Radio is great at keeping listeners up to date with relatively unbiased accounts of current events and in offering interesting stories that give curious (and some would say nosey!) people like me a peek into the lives and minds of writers, directors, artists, parents, teenagers, and everyday people who have intriguing stories to tell.
Earlier this week, it dawned on me just how thankful I am to NPR for it's existence.
You see, when it comes to my writing, I'm in kind of a dark place right now. I have a book series that I originally wanted to finish by the end of this summer and due to the fact that some of my characters are a little too um...monologish and my plot sounds like it's been written by a chihuahua turned human who forgot to take her Adderall I'm beginning to think that it's going to take much longer to finish this series. The thought of all the work I have to do has kind of left me frozen. So, while I don't exactly have writer's block, I seem to be coming down with writer's seasickness. I think of writing and though it excites me it also makes me nauseous with worry- sounds weird huh? So, I've put my stories on the shelf for a bit and I'm trying to study the critiques I've gotten on what I've written so far and using them to plot the course of my comeback. But anyway, back to what we were talking about- on Tuesday of this week, I was sitting in the car nauseous with worry and I turned on NPR.
The piece that I heard was about a man named Juan who, 12 years ago, was asked by NPR to keep a tape recorder and give NPR listeners an account of his daily life. What made Juan's life so interesting is that he was a teenager who had recently come to the United States illegealy. As a teenager, Juan was passionate about seeing his dreams come true in this new country. Now, 12 years later, Juan still has the tape recorder and we hear from him again...but this time, he's not alone. He has a family and a little girl who, though she is an American citizen, worries about what may happen to her father if he is deported.
This story grabbed my heart and just pulled me right into Juan's plight. That feeling of wanting something so bad and at the same time being so scared and feeling so fragile because you just don't know what's going to happen next...ugh. The passion and honesty in this short piece was incredible.
I'm not sure why, but for some reason, after I listened to it I was able to go home and write for a very long time.
That's what usually happens after I take a little time to listen to NPR : )
Do you listen to NPR? If not, what radio station do you like to have on in the background while driving?
Feel Free to Check Out Juan's Story on NPR Here
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*Yes, I should probably stop referring to my dayjob as a hellish inferno and instead be happy to have a source of income. It's just that, I swear working in a boring office is turning my brain into mush and it's quite depressing!*