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Meaning of Life

So since I haven't posted in a while I thought I would take this opportunity to expound on the meaning of life for a minute or so. I hope you don't mind. I just realized I never told you guys what it is (at least, I don't think so) and I thought you might be interested. I myself had no idea what the meaning of life was until I was informed of it recently by Marilyn Vos Savant, the genius in who has a column in “Parade” magazine, the Sunday paper supplement.

I wouldn't be quoting Marilyn if I didn't, in fact, feel that she is absolutely right, and that she HAS, in fact, discovered the meaning of life. SHE isn't even sure she's right, which I find adorable. You know, that she is so self-effacing, while still being a certified genius and all of that. I should actually admit in all fairness at this point that I think I might be married to a certified genius, although he himself has never–and would never–admit this. I have only come across this knowledge through subterfuge and hints dropped by his parents about some “tests” that were taken by my husband as a child, which would of course freak anybody out enough not to want to talk about it, genius or not.

But since he never reads this blog, I don't have to worry. In fact I might have forgotten to tell him it exists, so I think we're doubly safe.

But anyway, I know for a fact that even geniuses can be wrong sometimes. For instance, my husband was totally wrong once. I can't remember what it was about, but it was definitely something in my field of expertise, which leads me to suspect it had to do with Molly Ringwald. But that is neither here nor there.

In this particular case, where Marilyn admitted she might be wrong. a reader wrote in to ask her what she thought the meaning of life was. And what Marilyn (I feel close enough to Marilyn that I think she wouldn't mind if I call her Marilyn as opposed to Mrs. Vos Savant. I hope I'm not mistaken in this belief) said SHE thinks the meaning of life is made so much sense to me, that I think everyone should know about it. So here it is:

According to Marilyn Vos Savant, the genius in “Parade” magazine, the meaning of life is finding what it is that you do that makes you lose all track of time (i.e., a hobby you completely lose yourself in, be it golf, fishing, sewing, painting, etc) and then doing it, as much as possible.

I know what you're thinking. At first I was all, “Wait a minute. The meaning of life is to play GOLF as much as possible?”

Then I realized that I myself often lose all track of the time whenever I write. Like, I can be writing and it's one o'clock and the next time I look at the clock, it's 3PM, and it feels like no time has gone by at all.

And I think that's what Marilyn means: the meaning of life is to find the one thing you love to do SO MUCH that you don't even notice time passing while you're doing it.

Obviously she doesn't mean eating or sleeping or the thing you naughty-minded people are thinking. She means OTHER than those obvious things.

So, expounding on this theory, I think the luckiest people in the world are those who have found what that thing is (that thing they love to do so much that it makes time pass without them noticing) and have figured out a way to get PAID to do it. Yes. Like Tiger Woods.

Because I would totally write books even if I weren't getting paid to do it (don't tell my publisher). Writing has always been the thing I'd rather do more than anything else in the world (except the three things listed above. Well, and watch TV. But not always because there is not that much good on anymore since The OC is off the air and there are no new Rich Girls or Mades. Although North Shore is pretty good, in a bad way…”Judgey McJudge”).

Anyway, I am just saying that if you can do what you love as much of the time as possible, AND get paid to do it, you are totally MADE. Although just FINDING that thing you love can also be a miracle.

So, to bring this around to what we talked about in my LAST blog (writing), all of you aspiring writers out there, I FEEL what you're saying. I KNOW you love to write, and I KNOW how much you want to get paid for your writing.

But that's not really the important thing. Getting paid to do what you love to do is the icing on the cake. FINDING what it is that you love to do is the actual cake. And you've already done that. So in essence: you're already a thousand times luckier than most of the people on this planet.

So don't beat yourself up if you are an aspiring writer who can't find a publisher. You have already found the meaning of life: you know what it is that you love to do. MILLIONS of people will never even have THAT much, because they are too busy working to make ends meet–or they're scared–or they're lazy—or they're just plain confused–to figure out what it is that they love to do. OK?

The thing is, if YOU love to do it, who cares what other people think? Do it because you love it, NOT because of what you might get out of it. Because that is one of the worst reasons ever for doing ANYTHING.

OK?

Anyway, in case you can't tell, I'm done with All American Girl 2—at least for now. I guess I should say I'm done with the first draft. Now I have to turn it in and see what my editor and people say about it. I hate this part of the writing process, because I'm totally ready to move on to my next project, but I can't, really, because I will probably have to go back to work on my old project some more soon.

Although actually right now my thumb kind of hurts (if you would go to medical school like I asked and study up on why this is, you could cure me, but no, I guess you're all just too selfish—KIDDING!) so maybe I will take a break and read for a few days.

Speaking of reading, I hope you're all finishing up Miss Smithers for our LIVE BOOK CHAT this Friday night with the author, Susan Juby, on www.megcabotbookclub.com. Do you guys have good questions for her? Personally, all I want to know is when the sequel is coming out, because I can't get enough of Alice MacLeod.

In the meantime, did I mention that I just finished Book 4 in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde? Yes, I know it's not supposed to come out until July, but someone snagged me an advanced copy. You guys, it's SO good. And totally worth the wait. So you have that to look forward to, in addition to Spiderman 2 and Princess Diaries 2.

Oh, I guess I haven't mentioned lately that the trailer to Princess Diaries 2 has come out, and they've been showing it at Harry Potter etc. I already read the script though, so it's not really news to me, so much. I really hope you guys are going to like the movie, though of course it is only based on the CHARACTERS from my books, not any actual story of mine. I know some of you are kind of upset about this, and think I'm a sellout, etc. But I think we've already established that that's exactly what I am. And that I'm loving it.

I would just like to add that, although I will be back to blog later this week, I wish all of you the best possible summer, and that I hope you spend it discovering what YOU love to do more than anything else…because then you'll have the meaning of life.

More later.

Much love,

Meg

PS I am going to try posting a sample photo on this blog. So here is one of me and Henrietta on our way to Florida. Note how happy we both look. Not:

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