fiction | writing

You’re never too old

I rarely blog about my family but today I’m going to make an exception.

My Dad is pretty amazing and he has led a very diverse and interesting life, so much so that I encouraged him to write his autobiography. I am an only child, a product of both my parents’  second marriages and there is so much I don’t know about their lives before each other. So with a little encouragement Dad has spent the last five years writing and rewriting his autobiography.

It’s amazing how much I learned from reading about his life and how it has sparked so many conversations since. But that isn’t the morale to this story. There’s more…

Not only has he written, (re-written and re-written, truth be told) his autobiography, he is now, at the ripe old age of 84 writing his first fiction novel.

Yes. 84. 85 this year in fact.

I remember when I told him I was writing a novel, he mentioned he had always wanted to write one. I didn’t think any further on this until the other day when he told me that he had started writing.

He has the plot, the story line, the characters and has written seven chapters already. He’s not worried about ‘writing rules’ or ‘writing processes’, he is just writing the story in his head.

He’s not writing to be published, to be successful, or for recognition, just simply because it’s something he has always wanted to do. And because he can.

And I think there’s something in that for all of us.

So the next time you think; you can’t, or you’re too this or too that, you’re not. And you are most definitely never too old. And my Dad is living proof of that!


 “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”. – C.S. Lewis

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