Would my self-confidence grow if I challenged everyone on everything, or would I simply be alone more often? Is honest bluntness a public service, or a form of passive-aggressive nastiness masquerading as virtue?
This woman is one of the best writers I know — and I read and have at least online relationships with some exceptional writers. She’s the kind who makes you ask things like, “Why haven’t I ever heard of her?” or “Why has she been hiding her light under a bushel?”
I could be wrong, but I suspect that, like many extremely bright people, she spent a long time trying on shoes that didn’t fit in order to “live up to her potential,” and that finally she has found and is living the life that she wants to live. I don’t know that for sure, but the underlying angst that marks dissatisfied people seems mostly absent in Ann’s writing. Neurotic, maybe (I think she sort of revels in it). But maladjusted? Seems pretty level-headed and balanced to me.
Oh, yes. One more thing. We think alike on just about everything that I consider important, so obviously she’s a person of sterling character and remarkable sensibility (whatever that is). The quote above, and the linked post, are perfect examples…although she says it better than I would have and is, I suspect, more successful at putting it into action as well. (I sum the concept up as “Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy”.)
Annie’s writing enlightens me regularly, often brightens my day, and never fails to move me in some way. Get to know her. You won’t regret it.