Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Someone To Tell It To

Miles Franklin said it best - "Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings."

For those wondering, Miles Franklin was not a man. She was a female writer and a feminist from Australia. She lead a really remarkable life. Though I've really only read one of her works, All That Swagger, I thought her worth mentioning since I wanted to borrow that quote.

And why did I want to borrow that quote, you may ask (all 9 of you faithful readers - ha)? I could start this answer out by saying 'long story short' but since most of you know me and know that it's quite impossible to apply the brakes to a story once I begin, this likely won't be short.

An indispensable need I have as a writer, or rather a wanna-be writer, is to write something down, put into words some of the crazy ideas that pop into my head on a daily basis. Some may dub this creativity; I've always felt it bordered on insanity, much like when I heard conversations in my head every time I brushed my teeth growing up. I didn't know at the time that this was merely my muse. Had I only written down some of what I thought of in those days, I could be rich! Or committed, whichever you choose. Now a days when I brush my teeth, I find myself checking out my wrinkles in the mirror or counting gray hairs. Who wants to hear about that, right?

But oh if I could just put into words the scenarios that run through my head where I find myself instantaneously filled with mirth (that means funny sh*t...if you go look it up'll likely not feel compelled to come back- stay with me here)! I've tried to write about subjects, experiences, even just jot down anecdotes about daily incidents that have caused me to LOL or ROTFL or LMAO, because it's almost always a disappointment once seen in the written form.

That's how I felt when I first came across this quote and felt the need to "ponder" it. Actually, that's just a fancy way to say what really popped into my head which was "Hmmmmm?"

With technology being what it is today, it's very easy for humans to substitute human companionship with what they find on television, the computer, their cellphones, among other innovations that occupy our minds in place of 'you' and 'me.'

Basically, that quote, though I just ran across it recently, is the very reason I started this blog. I just wanted to get my "stuff" into written form because how do you really "tell" anybody your daily thoughts in conversation form? You can't, because most people don't really listen well, or rather, they listen for you to come to a stopping place so that they can interject their own thoughts. Very often, this kind of interuption is what makes us not finish a story, a thought, or a phrase.

You are reading this today, probably because I know you (I apologize in advance if you happened here by accident), but more importantly because I chose listen...and at one point in my life, I have most likely needed you.

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