THE THREE RULES OF INSANITY by James Altucher
My daughter is reading my favorite book. "I'm on page 112," she says, "of The Choose Yourself Stories". This is my collection of more personal stories about my life. I never marketed it. Just put it out there. But she found it.
Now she has a lot of questions like, "Why did you always want to kill yourself? It seems like you always wanted to die. Why?" And I said, "well, I felt really sad and scared and sometimes a person can't see anyway out. But ultimately I did see a way out and now we're here."
"But it's mean," she said, and I think about what she says. It is mean. Not mean to me. Because I would be dead. But she's saying it would be mean to her.
"He has you in the book," she says to her older sister. "Where," the older sister, a teenager, comes out of her teenage daze for a second. She doesn't quite say "Where". She says "whe".
"He writes an imaginary letter from you to him. When you were 14 and I was 11. It says, "You always have to be waiting for me even though I'm always late." " She quotes the chapter word for word. They both laugh because it's still true.
Then she asks me, "Why did that girl not like you? The one who picked you up when you were hitchhiking. The girl with the red hair." Mollie has red hair.
And I tell her the FIRST RULE OF INSANITY: If something doesn't work the first time, don't try the exact thing again. You have to modify it a little bit.
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