It's a Writer Thing

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

In life, as many people say--probably because it's true--the small things are often times the most important things.  I remember hearing that several times throughout my childhood, but until recently I hadn't known what it meant. 

There is no prominent event that I can think of which caused my understanding of how important the small things in life really are, though I've come to think that it's probably experience more so than anything.  I might only be sixteen, but I like to think that I observe a lot of things.  I certainly reflect a lot, probably too much as many people do.  Whatever caused it--experience, reflection, writing--I now revolve much of my life around "the small things," the ones that seem meaningless, maybe even silly at the time, but add up and make me happy. 

Sometimes all it takes is to notice things.  Walking outside, and just breathing the fresh air, and really noticing what it's like to be breathing that air, is one thing I enjoy doing.  Taking a short detour while driving home in order to finish listening to a good song is another.  If any of you who are reading this have any others, feel free to share them!

My friend Coyah (a writer, a poet more specifically) and I often discuss things like life, usually late at night which seems the best time to talk about abstract or philosophical things.  Many of the "small things" in life we have in common are as follows:

-sitting/standing in front of our book shelves (the majority of mine consists of Stephen King) for long periods of time, sometimes maybe even an hour or more. Why? I don't really know, but I've always found something calming and generally neat about books.  Picking up previously read ones and looking through them is, to me, like looking back through memories rather than pages of a work of fiction.

-buying new pens. Both Coyah and I do most or all of our writing in notebooks rather than on the computer, for the first drafts at least, and therefore pens are important, and buying a new one is something of an exciting event. If a pen is malfunctioning, I tend to throw it across my room and wait to continue writing until I find or buy a new one. That probably sounds strange, but it's true, and I have no excuse or anything.

-old things, in general.  By "old things," I mean coins from the 1950's (or 40's, with some luck), old music, old fashions and fads, old sayings.  I only really know of these things through movies or books, but there's something intriguing about the past and the way things were.

Those are just a few out of many others.  Coyah and I, during these discussions--whether over text or in person--often say of these things we do which many others probably wouldn't understand: "It's a writer thing."  That goes especially for things involving books, such as staring at bookshelves, or picking up those books and flipping through them.  I even have a few friends who simply do not read (perish the thought!), and while I can understand that, in a small way, what I can't understand is not writing.  As a writer, my life is basically writing. I enjoy video games, watching movies, the usual stuff, but the primary activities I do in my spare time are reading and writing.  If I'm not reading, I'm probably writing, being a nerd, all that good stuff.  What I mean to say is that I can understand people who don't write for whatever reason, but from a personal point of view, I cannot imagine not writing.

"A writer never has a vacation.  For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing."-Eugene Ionesco

My friend Coyah and I, along with a few of our other friends, all have our own views and stances for or against the world, ranging from living life by doing things just for the sake of doing them, to opinions on the public education system, and while we do a lot of complaining, ranting, praising or sometimes simply acknowledging of various aspects of life, it all adds up.  The small things in life are sometimes the big things, if that makes sense.  As the cheesy but true saying goes, we all have a destination, but really it's the journey there that matters the most.