I’ve jokingly said one of the occupational hazards of being a writer is that everything and everyone in your life are at risk of becoming material in your books. When you’re writing a book everything is material; every conversation you have, a person you meet, movie you watch and book you read. The fact that you’re writing a book becomes the lens through which you view the world.
We’re afraid of silence, afraid to be alone with our thoughts. That’s why we pull out our phones when we’re waiting in line at a coffee shop or the grocery store. We’re afraid to ask ourselves deep and meaningful questions. We’re afraid to be bored. We’re so afraid that to avoid it, we’ll literally drive ourselves crazy consuming pointless information.