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Kritique Kritics: Experience

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Experience










I've been thinking of the old adage that one can only become a writer after years of experience. That only the wisdom that comes with age will be sufficient to create works of meaning.
And you know what I think?
Hogwash.
But not to say that experience is unimportant.
Our memories are what make us uniquely ourselves. Whether we are a teenager or a senior citizen, each is so individual that it is impossible to duplicate. Experience is what defines us. That's why I'm a firm believer in creating as diverse and as interesting of experiences as possible. Through classes. The gym. Or pushing myself outside my comfort zone. But mostly travel.
So far in 2008 I've had the privilege of climbing the ruins of Machu Picchu, cruising to Mexico with my Mom and daughter, and most recently escaping with friends to Las Vegas.
And although each trip differed greatly they all shared one thing: my journal was in hand throughout, recording the experience.
And you know what? With every scratch of that pen I AM a writer.

3 Comments:

Blogger Debra Davis Hinkle said...

Go Girl!

July 14, 2008 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I agree--I know some 20-somethings who have more life experience than some 50-somethings!

July 14, 2008 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger mousewords said...

That's awesome! And by sharing your journeys with others, you are inspiring us to reach for more!

July 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM  

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