A Mantra for Right Now

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“Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realized that the more fun I had, the better I did it, and I thought, Well, that’s a job I can be proud of. I’d be proud to have that job, if I had to go to work and say, ‘No matter what my condition or what my mood is, no matter how I feel about what’s going on in my life, if I can relax myself and enjoy what I’m doing and have fun with it, then I can do my job really well.’ And it’s changed my life, learning that. And it’s made me better at what I do. I’m not the greatest or anything. But I really enjoy what I do.”

-Bill Murray

(Photo credit. Text credit. The whole interview is definitely worth a read)

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About hayliebswenson

PhD Candidate at The George Washington University, specializing in animals and ecologies across medieval, early modern, and contemporary texts. Currently working on my dissertation, "Precarious Intimacy: Humans and Animals at the Margins of Life," and on Philia: a podcast about the personal passions behind academic work.
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