Agency, foresight, genius, winging it, sieves—a year’s living in copywriting, 09/52.

Thank you to the inimitable Angi Arrington for everything not copy.

This is a weekly record of something I wrote, something I learned, something I felt, something I read, and something I asked.

Documents of bewilderment written during moments of inspiration and stress, mundanity and enlightenment — as a copywriter, a father, a person blinking into days I don’t understand but recognize I must live anyway.

[writing]

The difference between family and community is agency. Every day you go to work with us is a choice. Whether out in the field or back in the office, you choose to be here. You choose to belong. You choose this community as much as this community chooses you.

[learning]

We never see the future coming. Only the past sitting squarely on top of us.

Agency, foresight, genius, winging it, and sieves.

[feeling]

The mind is a sieve.

[reading]

“A genius is the man who can do the average thing when everyone else around him is losing his mind.” | Napoleon

[asking]

At what point do you realize that everyone — except, let’s hope, data scientists, structural engineers, plumbers, and electricians — is winging it?

Next week, 10/52: Kingdoms. Ink. Tiny. Earth. Ghosts.

If you want to know more about me and what I do, visit my site: ianpatrickmiller.com

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