On Monday, January 14, 2019, at the Barry County Commission on Aging, I'll be presenting a writers' workshop. This was an idea I shared with the director some months ago and the Commission added it to their annual roster of activities that begin early in the new year. I'm looking forward to this for several reasons. Most anyone can write; some well, some not so well (that's always a relative thing eh), but writing is such a healthy activity that I'd encourage everyone to give it a try. Poetry, prose, autobiographies, memoirs...whatever.
The fact is, far too many people live very isolated lives for a variety of reasons. Writing is a great, healthy way for any of us to express ourselves, think through situations affecting us for better or for worse, and perhaps find a better way to deal with the stresses common to all in this era.
Just as in other ways of communication, people need to be able to express themselves freely in a safe environment, neither judging nor being judged. Writing is one way to do that and for those who don't have the resources--financially or perhaps personality-wise--for professional counseling, it can even be lifesaving. The other side of the curtain...it's just plain fun! You might be surprised what lurks beneath all that gray hair--or that shining bald dome. Be warned, however; writing can be addictive.