It is officially the holiday season. And as such I think it is important to tackle one of the most debilitating issues we face as humans. The issue of time. Now I know you are probably more fixated on getting to the store to buy that last present to Susie for little Johnny, but hear me out for a second.
This year my family won’t be home for Christmas or New Years. As a matter of fact, we will be spending those holidays in Italy. We are doing this because it is our last season in Europe and we wanted to make the most of it. This isn’t the first time we have done something like this. The first year we really spent away from home was the year we met my Mom and Stepfather at Disney World. It was more fun than a barrel of monkeys on too much Starbucks!
That leads me to my point. Writing is all about experience. You can read a ton of books, take a ton of classes, and start writing as soon as you can hold a pen, but all of the experts agree your life experience is what matters in the long run. If you can weave a perfect sentence or construct a perfect paragraph, it may not matter. If you haven’t lived you might not have anything all that interesting to say to the world. In short, get out there, live, and take those darn kids with you!
Forget Susie’s new doll, pass on Johnny’s toy truck. Get out there and experience something with them this holiday season. Years from now those toys will be in the landfill, but the memories of vising the Grand Canyon, Tombstone, or even a short trip to your local indoor water park will always be with them. This year I am giving my kids Mount Vesuvius and the tower of Pisa. It doesn’t have to be something that spectacular, just meaningful. And who knows, years from now your kids might include their experiences in their first New York Times Bestseller.
Your Humble Servant, Bryan the Writer