You know, my middle child used to always say, “If you work all the time and don’t have a quality of life, you’re not living.” Now that I am proclaiming to be a writer, I understand exactly what she meant. And that statement runs true like a needle and thread throughout every aspect of our lives. But for now, I’ll just hone in on writing.
I’ve noticed how quality of life affects my writing skills. When everything is on even keel, I’ve had the proper rest, my life is not on 911 and I see the rays of sunshine flowing through my office window…I am so much more at ease, with cobwebs cleared out of my mind and nimbled fingers. However, I have also observed how different emotions effect my writing performance. When I’m sad, my writing is more sullen and emotional. Yet I still try inspiring my readers. And when I’m happy my writing is lighter and lofty. On my serious note, I tend to strike the black piano keys more with a soul searching depth of seriousness and point.
However, the one constant in my life is the lack of being able to fully relax. My mind goes a thousand miles an hour even in my sleep. Go figure. And although just mentioned, a relaxing moment, to me feels so odd. It’s like my life is one big sword fight and I’m always learning new techniques to gain the edge. God’s word is my life’s blood and under current. Yet the cross current is music that oftentimes drags me away from the gloom and doom. The paradox … other than reading God’s word or playing video games; writing is most therapeutic for me. It allows me to escape the mad anxieties of the world while grasping the beauty of it. To me happiness and relaxation reside in the same category.
Have always been a private person. In other words, never needed to be in a room full of people to find my purpose or feel my self-worth. A social hermit with tendencies to come out of my shell upon ocassion. Just to go back in and rearrange my abode for more productive and creative moments.
And while in that rearrangement, I also give my thoughts a reexamination. Sometimes I can write a poem in ten minutes without any hesitation, because my ideas flow just that precise. Then other times, I find myself praying to God for some since of direction and ideas as I stare at the empty blackboard of my mind.
While clapping my erasers I thought to consult with a few famous authors to see what they had to say about life…
- “No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments.” — Regina Brett
- “Challenges make life interesting, however overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Mark Twain
- “Every single day is a good day no matter how bright or dark it is, because it always brings an opportunity to start a positive beginning in your life.” ― Edmond Mbiaka
- “A bad day doesn’t cancel out a good life. Keep going.” ― Richie Norton
- “No matter what the day brings and no matter how hard life hits you, if you can breathe, smile and keep moving on! Once you have life, know that God is alive!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
- “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” — Oscar Wilde
“Rock solid became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling
Life affects writer’s and how they write in a plethora of ways. Whether you have to start from scratch or have the opportunity to build from where you are. I guess it all depends from which angle you’re looking. What is your take on this?
Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace.