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January 20, 2013

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Very enjoyable piece!

I wonder whether what we try to achieve when we 'start over' in life (new job, new partner, new country) is not just exactly that: render the previous failures a mere 'trial run', to be discounted, just like the violinist writes off an unsuccessful practice? The promise of 'starting over' is perhaps not just that our lives will in fact be better, but also that we can discount any previous mistakes as part of the test, not the real thing.

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