Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.
I love oatmeal. To me, it's not boring. I agree that ordinary oatmeal is very boring, but not the steel-cut Irish kind - the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne.
I used to not want to die in any way but in my sleep when I was a young man. I'd like to die awake now, if possible, with people around me who love me.
After a while I started to think of that as an image of something that went a lot deeper than the dead dog, which is you can't bring back anything to life.