Dorothy Parker is famous for... Er. Something about a table? I dunno. Has anyone really read anything she ever wrote? Whoever she was, she once said:
I hate writing. I love having written.Which is a very true statement for many writers. Writing is deeply painful. Here's a picture of a writer, working on a novel:
And here he is again, after finishing:
I was thinking how Dorothy's phrase was useful for other things than writing. For example:
I hate working out. I love having worked out.Because working out feels like this:
And afterwards, you get an endorphin rush and big muscles and feel like this:
Or, how about:
I hate having children. I loved having children.Okay, doesn't make a lot of sense until you consider the two senses of the phrase "having children."
Dorothy's expression works for so many different situations I wonder if ghosts say it to each other.
I hated living. I love having lived.Yeah, don't live like that. Enjoy the moment.