—–I have this fear I am going to be told it is all over, before I have even gotten started. That is the emotion. It is deep, and irrational. It is not worrying about not being able to finish what I am already well into, being cut off before a deserved ending. It is not based on any assessment I have of myself, being rendered unfortunate, or treated unfairly. This is a outrage, a calling on the carpet,  an indictment that says I never got started, a cold encounter with the unknown, difficult to grasp–but, just so, provable as such because it happens at all. It is the worse kernel of doubt, that I never met existence at all.  Even I, who have been courting solitude!  I, who have never heard this expressed, this wrenching fear of never having lived, I who listened to people and divined their secret thoughts, and read books for what their author intended; even I have failed to express this–but of course!, since it is my own, deep, abiding, inexpressible fear. The razor sharp fear that I never did anything, but instead stood, or cowered, in fear itself, of being told it is too late, you can’t make a beginning now. You fumbled, and then stalled. Being told I am a dead man, and realizing I have been cut off, consistently from the beginning–which is so far away now I don’t know what happened to it, I must have been very negligent, never bothering to figure out how to properly note it . . . that beginning.
—–And this seems like my fear alone, and becomes the worry attendant on the foreseeable future, that somebody will come along and condemn me, before I have had a chance to begin, begin what should be an unfettered stretch of accomplishment. Why have I not gotten on that path, into that wheelhouse, already? It is like I have never had that space, my whole life, to be unfettered, to train in the preliminary workout, the run-up, to catch the real people, now outdistancing me on the stretch run. I have only managed to stumble, make a few notes,  and distractedly patch together the semblance of a career, nearly great. But I have not really done anything in a spirit of a clean beginning. And the consistency of a dedicated pursuit. In the spirit of a clean beginning one cannot in fact be stopped at all.
—–Well, but hold on, I quibble, if I can’t even grasp this fear, how can I face it? Well–in the low thunder I get the reply–it is just there, that is all, and that is all you need for proof. It is admitted, the drawling tenor, the tension. You are afraid that something will happen that will cripple your ability to do anything ever again, because even if you temporarily survive the accident, or the accusation that levels your morality, or the sickness that shocks your body, in whatever form it will appear, you will be so devastated that you  won’t be able to concentrate, and thus begin your true work. Which somehow you have put off to this point. Why have you never gotten down to work? Lord, what a reprobate.  From a certain point of view (perhaps an audience of some accomplished theater-goers!), your plight is actually funny. Instructive!
—–I see myself in a kind of catch up role, making a best effort, now that the game is lost.  I shall have to start saying, well I am glad I did as much as I did, in the time I did have, acknowledging in just that ironic sentiment that life, or what could have been life, is really over. This is sort of burlesque, I get to vaguely reflect. Yeah, it will be just waiting for the end from this point on.  The story is in,  I am afraid something is going to happen that will inform me that there is nothing left but the end. That’s the fear. Is that the fear? Having gotten my death warrant, though I never got to resolve what death was, and a couple times even denounced such a thing, trying out all its forms in my imagination, in past earthly times of leisure, now futile . . .  having finally heard, gotten the shape of an insurmountable burden, felt weak beyond repair, by any means my feeble mind has put in reserve, yes, yes!, all these ways of putting it that are too late, because . . . that is the fear, that ii is all too little too late! Is that what was I saying? I thought it was more elevated than that.
—–More dangerous to my great sense of myself, and central to that off-kilter identity I have, always had. It was paradoxical, how one always felt in those days. I know what it was; actually  I can make it sound dramatic. It is like now is going to be the final framing of the stakes of a real serious beginning. It was to say, that I have this fear that I will be informed that it is between now, right now, and the end that will be all there is, to reconcile. No more unlimited time to accomplish whatever I want, by whatever means I so choose. Now there will be a gun to my head. I am afraid somebody is going to put a gun to my head. This would be a new experience, for up to this point I have been cavalier about my existence, I guess.
—–I shrink back. I don’t know if I am ready for this . . . it’s like I am losing my grip, what happened to that grip I had?

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