Learning about life from those who came before us.

All we have to do is give them a chance to tell their stories.

We often forget that our greatest resource as writers may be sitting alone and forgotten on a park bench down the street, in the backroom of an aging and somewhat decrepit house where no one ever visits anymore, or in a nursing home.

There are generations older than we, and they have seen more than we have, done more than we can imagine, and have forgotten more than we will ever remember.

Too often, we pass them by.

Too often, we overlook them.

Too often, we are so consumed by our own world that we pay no attention to their world, both past and present.

They are simply strangers by the side of the road.

Old.

Wrinkled.

A wayward look in their eyes.

A sad expression on their faces.

Do they want us to stop?

Do they want to talk?

Do they have anything to say?

Maybe.

Probably.

Locked up within their minds and their experiences may be a treasure trove of great ideas they would love to give us.

Their stories may become our stories.

Their memories may become the backstories in a novel.

Their wisdom can sometimes even provide the theme for a book.

Their expressions can easily become lines of dialogue.

We don’t talk that way.

But our characters might.

You learn such insights as:

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s Okay to get angry with God. He can take it.
  9. Save for things that matter.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s okay to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
  15. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  16. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  17. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  18. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  19. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  20. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘”In five years, will this matter?”
  21. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
  22. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
  23. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  24. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

My book, Confessions from the Road, is packed with the humor, memories, and wisdom of those I met while traveling through this world of ours.

The old have lived their lives.

They have made their mistakes.

They have loved and been loved, hurt and been hurt.

They may not know where the potholes are, but they know how to crawl out and keep going.

We can learn a lot for those who have come before us.

All we have to do is give them a chance to tell their stories.

And, as writers, it is our obligation to pass those stories on. Stories, both large and small, should never be allowed to languish in anonymity and fade away to the dry dust beneath our feet.

Please click HERE to find Confessions from the Road on Amazon.

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