Going all the way by Charles Bukowski

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

Otherwise, don’t even start.

If you're going to try, go all the way.

This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs and maybe even your mind.

It could mean not eating for three or four days.

It could mean freezing on a park bench.

It could mean jail.

It could mean derision, mockery, isolation.

Isolation is the gift.

All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.

And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.

And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

There is no other feeling like that.

You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.

DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. All the way

You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

This poem by Charles Bukowski is so inspiring for artists. I will learn it by heart. To recite poems when in doubt or when not motivated is the right medication. Go all the way......


Going all the way can mean so much. It can mean to finish a project. It can mean to do the next tiny step. It can mean to become creative to solve issues. 

On the first day of this year I went out for a walk. The plan was to take a picture of myself. When I was ready I realized that I had forgotten an important gadget. I went home again and went to that special destination of my choice. I tried again. It didn't work and finally I used the self-timer in the camera. Go all the way, I thought with freezing hands. Go all the way. I was happy with the result. I was so close to give up for that day. This poem gave me so much energy and guidance. This poem shall accompany me like a good friend with a precious advice.