Thursday, July 14, 2011

adam gopnik | the absence of impossibility

I was filled with feelings of helplessness and stupidity and impotence that I had not experienced since elementary school. Why was I so unable to do something so painfully simple? Whatever sense of professional competence we feel in adult life is less the sum of accomplishment than the absence of impossibility: it's really our relief at no longer having to do things we were never any good at doing in the first place.

from "Life Studies: What I learned when I learned to draw"
Adam Gopnik
The New Yorker, June 27, 2011