When you get old the physical changes are not so obvious to other people. No one can see your aches and pains but you feel them. I accept the aches and pains as reminders that I am still alive and still in the game. I am grateful that God has not benched me.
The changes that are occurring in me are mental. These are also changes that others cannot see. These changes are more than the normal age changes of the mind. They have nothing to do with forgetfulness that I have from time to time because of my age.
My mind changes have to do with my writing. Writing has forced me to see things more clearly and to ask more questions and to listen to what is being said. I have learned that writing requires me to think and look deeper. Writing is different than talking. When your thoughts are published they cannot be denied. When I present something in writing it requires thought and honesty. When I write I have to write what I know and not what I think.
I have to evaluate what I am going to write. I want my writing to be as honest as possible. When I look at a scene or a person I think, "how could I write what I am seeing so that a reader would clearly see what I see"? I now realize that if I want others to read and enjoy what I write it requires a lot of time, thought and effort on my part.
I have learned that as long as God leaves me on the playing field, I need to strive to get better at what I do. I need to work at improving myself, not only as a writer, but also as a person.
I have learned that since I have started writing I have become more sensitive to the world I live in.
I have learned that I am not a man cemented in the "Stones of Age" but a man still mold-able and changing.
I am writing, I am thinking, I am changing, I am alive.