I’m a physician, piano player, voracious reader, lap swimmer, animal lover, crossword puzzler, movie buff, student of baseball, and a lifelong resident of the Northeast. I drink my coffee with milk and my gin gimlets straight up and ice-cold.
In a commencement address she gave at Vassar College in 2003, Susan Sontag articulated several key elements of my life philosophy:
“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. [Don’t wait] for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. . . . Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. It’s all about taking in as much of what’s out there as you can, and not letting the excuses and the dreariness of some of the obligations you’ll soon be incurring narrow your lives. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
You’ll notice that I haven’t talked about love. Or about happiness. I’ve talked about becoming — or remaining — the person who can be happy, a lot of the time, without thinking that being happy is what it’s all about. It’s not. It’s about becoming the largest, most inclusive, most responsive person you can be.“
I think–hope!–that my blog reflects this outlook.