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The difference between working and living

I’m a pretty big Fresh Air fan, in fact, I’ll listen to most anyone they interview (this is where you say ‘you’re writing a post about Bradley Cooper so obviously you’ll listen to anyone they interview).

The other day Bradley Cooper went on the show to talk about his Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook.

I was enthralled with the interview — and trust me, I wasn’t expecting to be enthralled by a Bradley Cooper interview.

He talked about how acting is all he ever wanted to do. My ears perk up when I hear this statement. There’s such a huge difference between doing something because you’re good at it and doing something because you’ve never imagined doing anything else.

For example, I’m really good at cooking bacon[1. Really, I am, ask my wife.] but that doesn’t mean I want to be a bacon cook for a living. Or that I should be a bacon cook for a living.

The thing that’s entranced me since I was a boy are books and words and ideas. I only deviated from my desire to do something with this a few times in my life and I always came running back.

I write and blog not necessarily because I’m good at it, but because I never wanted to do anything else.

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