If you spending more time living at the keys than in the real world, then when do you get to experience all the pleasures, woes, tastes, textures, colours, aromas, pongs, pain, joy, sounds, emotions… When do you experience life?
And if you have limited life experience then what effect do you suppose it will have on your writing? We all write best about the things we know, the more experience we soak up from living life, then the better our writing can be.
Do I hear cries of woe? After all, the previous post detailed where life occludes our writing and it suggested a useful technique to push life aside for a short while. Yet now I am advocating you experience more – where are you to find the time?
We are all conditioned to squander the opportunities presented to us, I don’t know why; it is just something that people do. I call it “living on the right hand side of the menu” and what I mean by this is simple.
How often, when you go to a restaurant, do you scan down the right hand side first comparing either what is the least expensive or more likely, which gives the best value for what you are prepared to spend? If you don’t do it with food I’ll bet you do it with your house, car, clothes, leisure, etc.
We naturally go for the SAFE choice, the taste we know, the brand we are COMFORTABLE with, the writer friend we can EASILY have a conversation with. Do you see where I am leading ? We squander new experiences every day of our lives without realising it.
What to do? This is the easy part, all you have to do is move your eyes across to the left hand side of the menu, not just food menus, all menus. However I warn you doing it will be more difficult than you think. Select with emotion and desire, try things you have never tried, especially from the more outlandish opportunities. Put thrift aside for a while, seek out, enjoy and record the rich experiences available to you.
Do this with people. Talk to the scary biker, converse with the little old lady in the lift, take an interest in the weird youth with all the metal in her face, and if the biker asks you if you would like a ride – say yes. If he doesn’t make the offer – then ask!
After reading this I hope most of you are nodding and thinking “I could do that” “yes I see that” and are resolved to make some changes. So I will ask you a simple question.
Where are you going on holiday this year?
Anyone short on ideas look up your Twitter search page and enter #bucketlist, there is a whole world out there wishing to give you a lifetime full of experiences.
Photo “Cowboy Bone, or Button up the Duck”, cc Augapfel