Note to Myself No. 12
When I was in the year-long memoir writing class
at University of Washington,
the instructor extraordinaire Theo Pauline Nestor
said that this Rolling Stones song
was the perfect way to remember
the narrative arc of a memoir.
You can't always get what you want.
But if you try
sometime you just might find
you get what you need.
Think about it.
Life is filled with frustrations,
with detours from the path
we think we're supposed to follow.
But sometimes, once we're pushed off
we find the new one takes us
to strange and wonderful places.
We don't always know
what we need.
Sometimes we learn by
accident or adversity.