Age and the Author
You’ve all heard the stories…
“New Kid on the Blockbuster: Cari Twizzel, a 24 year old socialite, wrote her best-selling romance novel while she skiing in the Alps – IN TEN DAYS!”
“Well done her!” you sneer grumpily as you sit in your bed with your computer on your lap while you beaver away on a book that’s taken nearly a decade from your life. “It’s not fair!” you wail.
Ok, ok. I’m taking a wee bit of a liberty while using some dramatic license here. But, I take it you get my meaning?
While older writers (like me) may envy the vibrant go-getting writers of today, we still have a few cards up our sleeves to play with. One of those cards tells us that getting older actually isn’t all that bad. One look at the glossy magazines (and the YouTube links below) show you how people are ageing remarkably well. Thankfully, what we once thought of as ‘old’, isn’t anymore. Gone are the Victorian virgins that permitted themselves to wear only high necklines in an effort to hide a wrinkled neck and chest. Today, we have ballerinas, ice skaters, choreographers and weightlifters showing their shapely bodies off to the world at the age of 90 (watch the videos below for confirmation)!
But what of our brains? You know, the piece of meat beneath a bone plate that conjures up all those stories. The bowl of jelly in your skull that creates a masterpiece by stringing together a group of words to change the world.
As you can see from the links above, older writers do exist. Many authors that have published their first books are well past their 60th decade. Whereas when I was young, my mind was filled with vivid imagination and passionate possibilities, I created whimsical novels based around a fantasy landscape, off- or on- the planet. However, the older I got, the more I tended to dip into that rich source of memories that come from experiences gained over the years.
Both as a younger writer and an older one, it is obvious that people are able to produce wonderful tales to dip into and get lost in, so there’s no need to lose heart.
Of course, there’s no point in hiding from the fact that people are living longer now. Books like Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, as well as historical-biography tomes, reveal worlds where lives came to an abrupt end at horribly young ages. Charles Dickens' tales tell of some sad facts of life - of how boys’ bodies were cleaved in battle and suffocated up chimneys, while girls worked their fingers to the bone in service or breathed the killer-dust of factory life. And, don't you think it odd that the most beautiful and most memorable of all poetry comes from the muddy trenches of World War 1. In days of old, the young truly learned not to take life for granted. They had to live with the possibility that life that could be snuffed out in an instant.
Even that old Good Book (go on, you know you have one somewhere, hidden beneath the clothes pile or on the top of the wardrobe in the guest bedroom) has something to say about it. In it, you’ll no-doubt recognise that old saying ‘Three Score Years and Ten’ no longer proves valid. To be frank, it never did anyway. Actually, that quote has been misread for centuries. It was actually a curse on one group of people - not the whole of humanity and you’ve only to look at Genesis 6:3 to get the real answer to that one!
Let’s face it, even though we are able to live longer now, which gives us the opportunity to produce our best works of written art. When we were younger, though, us older writers believed we could conquer the world and make it all better again simply by joining a march or shouting about it. We all figure it out in the end that, as we grow older, the realities of the world around us kick-in and the substance of the universe becomes much deeper than we originally thought.
Of course, no one appreciates the feelings that associated with getting older. Our tired body aches. Our memory fails and our skin begins to sag. It’s enough to make anyone want to turn back the clock again. Surprisingly, we are amazed by the amount of centenarians who are able to buck the trend and run marathons or take a turn on the ice rink and, I must admit, watching octogenarians play an extremely fast round of squash worries me a little. That's just something to do with me not wanting them to get hurt.
However, exercising was never part of my goal in life. Writers simply don't have the time to fit it into their regimen. Sitting at a keyboard, or on a comfy sofa with a pad on your lap and a pen in your hand doesn’t really lend itself to movement and exercise.
As a writer, getting older presents its challenges. Chiefly arthritis hampers us with hobbled joints and our fingers can’t crawl the keyboard as fast as they once did. Eye-sight, too, has a tendency to dim as the years roll by. But, I've come to realise, the issue isn't in how long we are able to experience this good earth. No. It’s how well we use those experiences.
When I put my psychotherapy hat firmly on my head, I can vouch for the modern ‘mindfulness’ craze and all the positive emotions conjured from that way of looking at life. Being mindful has its advantages. If only for a short time, the clock slows down. You begin to feel calm and, what was once a muddled tale expanding in all directions in your head, becomes clearer through the process of slowing down.
In addition to this, the scales literally fell from my eyes after having spent years studying academic books on natural nutrition. The amount of influence that food and fluids have on your body, mind and emotions are remarkable. Therein lies the real truth. The fact that this modern world has given us some beautiful and natural gifts and, instead of running from them, I’ve run to embrace them, wholeheartedly.
Despite hundreds of studies on ageing, it would appear that no one has come up with an answer yet. But... it would be remiss of me if I didn't tell you that I do know of a group of scientists who have been figuring out how to crack that nut - though egg would be a more pertinent metaphor. What they've done is extract those microscopic stem-cells from chicken eggs. The stem cells that gives the foetus that growth spurt, that burst of youth. They've managed to put it through a laboratory process in order to give you a wonderful glow. Think about it...
People all over the world are looking for natural solutions to their health issues and they have found it
The flagship product is even in the Physicians’ Desk Reference along with the research and studies behind it to prove its efficacy
The company was featured at the American Academy for Anti-Ageing Medicine, where the entire product line was shared with healthcare professionals and experts from around the world
This product was also showcased at the American Naturopathic Medical Association’s (ANMA) annual conference.
Even the Daily Mail in the UK ran an article on it a couple of years ago.
What is it? It’s from LifePharm and it is called Laminine.
What's more reassuring is that LifePharm dedicates themselves to researching and writing studies that clinically prove the effects of Laminine.
Don't accept my word for it, find out more about it for yourself by checking out the videos on the link above.
This is a world in which we can have every opportunity given to us. Even if you harmed your body, emotions and mind in your youth - like I did - all that damage has the possibility of being reversed. With Laminine, Bones can be strengthened. Cartilage can be oiled. Skin can be elasticized. And those brain cells that need a fluid imagination to think up brilliant stories, can be replenished and revitalised. It is actually possible to be re-energised with the spirit of youthful glow!
Give it a go and find out for yourself today - you may just find yourself writing well into your 120th decade!