The Importance of Being Eccentric

David Price
4 min readAug 26, 2023
Adam Shaw

When you find human society disagreeable and feel yourself justified in flying to solitude, you can be so constituted as to be unable to bear the depression of it for any length of time, which will probably be the case if you are young. Let me advise you, then, to form the habit of taking some of your solitude with you into society, to learn to be to some extent alone even though you are in company…

~Arthur Schopenhauer

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A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER

When I Am An Old Horsewoman

I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,

And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me

And I shall spend my social security on

white wine and carrots,

And sit in my alleyway of my barn

And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night

And ride the old bay gelding,

Across the moonstruck meadow

If my old bones will allow

And when people come to call, I will smile and nod

As I walk past the gardens to the barn

and show instead the flowers growing

inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair

as if it were a jewel

And I will be an embarrassment to ALL

Who will not yet have found the peace in being free

to have a horse as a best friend

A friend who waits at midnight hour

With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes

For the kind of woman I will be

When I am old.

— From Toni Ostroskie

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Being old and eccentric is easier than being young and eccentric because when you’re young you want to be accepted and approved of. You want to be respected for who you are, but if you can’t have that you try to suppress your awkward differences. You want to find your place within a homogenized society of other insecure and struggling young…

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.