I hope that whatever vocation you choose, it allows you to have a splendid life too.
Isn’t that our goal – to find work that puts food on the table, and fulfills our purpose and at the same time?
I realize that not everything works out how we want it to (I am speaking vocationally here.).
But through the ups and downs, I hope you find meaning and joy outside of the traditional success or failure your job can bring.
Here McMurtry is referring to writer Donald Barthelme…
I saw him once more, at a Texas Institute of Letters banquet where he was given a Life Achievement award—it was richly deserved, in my view. He said that night that writing had enabled him to have a splendid life—and so it has for me as well.