Friday, January 15

Flea: ‘There is joy in obsession. But I’m not sure it’s healthy ‘| Life and Style


I’ve always seen life as an opportunity. That could be exploring £9learning. I’m never more excited than when I find something new to get excited about. That can be something as simple as table tennis, but if I’m excited about table tennis, I want to be really good at table tennis! There is no middle ground with me. I am always looking f£9new ways to develop, be it physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual £9whatever. I like the way I drive.

My generation had an unhealthy relationship with drugs. This is going to sound like real old shit, but when it comes to the younger generation, I’m not worried about them doing that. I worry about how much time they spend in front of computers and phones. I worry that living at the moment was missed.

Relationships fascinate me. You learn a lot from them. You could go live in a cave in the Himalayas and spend 50 years standing on one leg in a tree pose, meditating, trying to find yourself. Or you could get married.

I’m far enough far from childhood to have an objective view on it. It’s the reason why I write about it in my book. My childhood is over. The band [Red Hot Chili Peppers] It is not, so I did not write about it. The band is happening now. I still have no distance from the good and bad parts.

I’ve been awake and down on the band so many times. I thought, “Can we go on without repeating ourselves?” or: ” I don’t want to do it anymore, I want to grow, I don’t want to be a prisoner of money, fame £9power.” Then we will play a great show £9write a song that makes me tingle with excitement, and I am completely in love with her again.

There is great joy in obsession. But I’m not sure it’s healthy f£9me. Why am I obsessed with certain things? Is it anguish £9fear, £9a longing to be understood? Connect with the divine and find the beautiful things in life? I think my story lies in trying to understand that about myself.

You can grow Of pain if you don’t run from it My book is absolutely part of the process of coming to terms with me. Things that people did in my childhood that were very painful. Things I didn’t like about myself. There are times in my life when I think it might have been disrespectful. It’s easy to rationalize behavi£9like that. It is a survival mechanism. We try to justify ourselves with reasons why we behave in a certain way. But with humility and honesty you can grow. You can get better.

My favorite writers have a style. I think it takes a while to find it. I thought my style was a feverish raving, but while I think there is a time and place f£9that, the best writing is also enjoyable to read. Patti Smith helped me a lot. She told me: “Flea, it’s like making music. Sometimes you go and go crazy. Sometimes you have to play an ensemble role. Sometimes you play a solo. All of those skills can be applied to writing. “When I understood the parallels between the two art forms, I began to find my voice.

Acid f£9the Children, Flea’s autobiography, is published by Headline fo£10 10.99. Buy it fo£10 9.61 at guardianbookshop.com

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