Friday, July 09, 2021

Writing: Is It Too Late To Start?


I've just celebrated another birthday. I think I'm going to follow the example of one of my friends, who said she was "Sixty-four plus shipping and handling." Funny, I don't feel any older. The aging process doesn't pay attention to the number of miles we've piled up or the number associated with our birthday. It simply happens. And whether we're thirty-five or eighty-five, when we reach the point that was assigned to us before we were born, then we'll die. Don't believe me? Read Job 14:5 and Psalm 139:16.

Should we work until then? Some think so, and it's fine for them. My pastor once said that he wants to go after preaching his last sermon. A member of my specialty thinks he'll continue working. But infirmities and physical disabilities may intervene, and cause us to change that.

My world collapsed with the death of my spouse of forty years. God later blessed me with the love of another wonderful woman, and I've had twenty more years that I once didn't anticipate. And when I decided to retire from medicine, the Lord saw fit to take my book that I wrote after the passing of my first wife and turn it into a second profession that has produced almost twenty novels and novellas (I'm not sure how many and I don't plan to take the time to count them). My first one was published when I was seventy years old. And I plan to keep writing (although more slowly) so long as I have strength.

How about you? Have you made any long-term plans? That's fine--but be prepared to change them. God's plan is always better.

4 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

Happy birthday, Richard!

I'm fifty plus shipping and handling.:-) I'm glad I didn't write when I was younger because I have more life experience (I daresay wisdom) to draw upon now.

Richard Mabry said...

You'd be amazed at how many of us have decided that age is just a number. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Patricia Bradley said...

It is just a number, Richard. I can't believe I've passed the three-quarter mark, so I really like that sixty-four and change. lol But in my mind I'm still that kid that loved to climb trees and ride horses and swing from grapevines.

Richard Mabry said...

Which brings to mind the saying: The spirit is willing, but the flesh...Oh, you know. But remember how it felt.