Build Your Wings On the Way Down

When something resonates with you, it’s natural to want to share it with others. I was very young the first time I read FARENHEIT 451, and I probably didn’t understand it completely, but I knew even then that this writer understood me and I understood him, even in my not-fully-developed pre-teen mind.

I realize as I age that I am drawn to people who really think deeply about the world and about people, and also have wild imaginations. Ray Bradbury is one of my heroes. I love this clip of him, as he says many things that remind me of what it means to be creative and to live fully in our chaotic world.

One of my favorite lines he says in this video:  “Stand at the top of the cliff and jump off and build your wings on the way down.” Wow.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did to this great man as he shares his tremendous intelligence and understanding of life.

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9 thoughts on “Build Your Wings On the Way Down

  1. I, too, loved this story and feel the need to re-read it sometime soon. What a gem of an author he is! I just read Catcher in the Rye (as in really read it, not just I’m reading it for high school English class so I can crank out a paper on it) and am glad I did so as an adult. It was much more poingnant to me. It’s funny how books speak to us in different ways at different times in our lives. 🙂

    1. When I first read this book (I was really young) I knew I wanted to write fiction. I have reread it several times but not in the last fifteen years or so, so maybe now is time. Maybe we can compare thoughts on it. It always amazes me how my perspective changes the way I take in a piece of writing.

    1. I simply love watching him speak. He is the quintessential artist (or at least the one that lives in my imagination.) THe way he looks, the way he moves, what he understands the world. Glad you took the time to watch.

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