by Jude Mason
You know the very thought of never writing again terrifies me. I'm sure a lot of authors feel the same way. It's so much a part of who we are, it'd be like asking me/them to stop breathing. The concept of having this feeling about some other 'gift' has really made me think. What would I want to do if writing had never entered my world.
I really thought about what Lisabet posted on. I'm incredibly socially inept. I often wish I was more comfortable speaking in public. Heck, I don't even speak well when it's just friends around. But, it's not something I feel I'd want to replace writing.
Dancing though. I have always adored dancing. When I was about 6, my father taught me how to ballroom dance. WOW! It was amazing. To move to the music, to become an extension of it and let it move me, I was in heaven.
When I got to junior high, they'd have a dance every Friday afternoon and I was there. I mean I was the first one there and the last to leave. The beat of the drums was like the beating of my heart. I loved all kinds of music and still do, and have danced to most of it over the years.
I married a man who isn't a dancer. It was tough and for many years I truly moped when there was bands I wanted to see or simply places where I could dance and he just didn't want to go.
Raising children, teaching little ones how to move to the music, how to let it influence their bodies was amazing fun. There were times I went out with girlfriends, danced with anyone who'd ask or who I felt I could ask.
So, if I had to give writing away, I'd like to reclaim dancing. I have no idea if you can make a living at it, but I'd have tried. The heck with speaking well, let the body speak for you.
What do you all think?