“The garden is among the two terrific metaphors for humanity. The garden is about life and charm and the impermanence of all living things. The garden has to do with feeding your children, supplying food for the people. It belongs to an urgent territorial drive that we can most likely trace back to animals keeping food. It’s a competitive screen mechanism, like having a reward bull, this greed for the very best tomatoes and English tea roses. It has to do with winning; about providing society with exceptional things; and about showing that you have taste, and good worths, and you strive.
And what a terrific relief, occasionally, to understand who the opponent is. Due to the fact that in the garden, the enemy is everything: the aphids, the weather condition, time. And so you put yourself into it, care a lot, and see up close a lot birth, and development, and beauty, and danger, and accomplishment. And then whatever dies anyhow, right? But you simply keep doing it.”
(From Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)