How to live a life of integrity and authenticity
Posted On July 7, 2021
I have spent the last couple of years living in a world where we are encouraged to live our lives as if we are not just actors, but also as if our lives are a living, breathing drama that we must take part in.
In that sense, it is hard not to feel like a professional actor.
But in the end, we are actors, too.
I don’t want to live life in the manner that people in our society do.
I want to do my best.
But I also want to know that my best, and my own best, are always my own.
I have tried to learn how to be myself and how to have a good time.
And that has been the challenge.
I have been able to do that because I’ve had the chance to watch the world around me evolve.
The Irish Times has published my articles, along with the interviews and analysis I have done.
But my personal writing and my work are not in it.
My writing is a reflection of my life.
My personal work is a snapshot of what I do and why I do it.
I’ve never really wanted to become a celebrity, but I did have a chance to be a celebrity in my own right when I was nominated for the best novel prize.
What I want is for people to be able to see me and see how much I love Ireland, how much it means to me, how I see myself.
The last thing I want as an Irish writer is to be recognised as someone who has a story that is so interesting.
I want to tell my own story, but it is not a story I can tell to the world.
It is a story of the people who made it.