Zen Q&A Is there a way to become less attached to things in my life I really identify with? Barry Magid September 8th 2017

Rachael asks:

My entire identity is tied up in being a writer. I've spent 40 of my 45 years wanting and studying to be one. I'm now a full-time professional writer with 18 books out, both novels and non-fiction. I meditate regularly and have little problem accepting the temporality of most things. I know that everything will change, and I'll lose everything at some point. While obviously attached to the people I love, I understand and accept the impermanence of all relationships, and this does help me enjoy the now of the moment I stand in. The one thing that throws me into a panic is the thought that someday I might not be able to write - it's not something I'm able to hold with a loose grasp. If I weren't a writer, I wouldn't know who I was. Is there a way to become less attached to this idea? Or is even something to strive for?

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