This is a really good piece.
You Are Not Alone
Being a grown up can be lonely.
Being a writer can be lonely.
Being a grown-up writer can be seriously lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.
Last weekend I watched my daughter compete in a mountain bike race. It was my first time at this kind of event. Mountain biking is something she does on weekends with her dad. The wooded trails with their steep drops, tight turns, and obstacle course of mean rocks and wily roots are his territory.
There were more than four hundred riders, many with friends and family in tow, milling around the trampled corn field that served as a staging area for the organizers preparing to release the different classes of riders onto the course. We haven’t had any real rain here…
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