What I Want to Say

The first assignment in my Literary Hybrid class at last year’s Iowa Summer Writing Festival was to write a list that responds to the question, “What do you want to say?”

I wrote down favorite product instructions (and, yes, they really are product instructions):

For best results use joy.

Let go before you think you should.

And then Isabelle Allende’s comment that experience is what you get right after you need it.

Which led to . . .

I’m approaching 60—the age, not the speed limit—and it’s making me think. More like churn. About my life. And what it means to be alive. And what it means to be authentic.

Even if I live to 106, like my great grandfather.

Or 99, like my grandmother.

Or 83, like my mother.

For best results use joy.

Let go before you think you should.

Experience is something you get right after you need it.

That’s what I want to say today.

What do you want to say today?

7 thoughts on “What I Want to Say

  1. My “plan” for life doesn’t even matter.

    I want to live care-free not care-full.

    Catharsis is a way to free your mind, body and soul, find yours and do it, or not.

    Call your Mother, you’ll feel better, and make her day.

    A life lived alone can be peaceful.

    🙂

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