Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I am; therefore I think

I love the freedom of thinking.

I know that might sound ridiculous but what a powerful, liberating, wonderful thing thinking is. I can think of anything at anytime and there is no one or no thing that can stop me.

I can think of going to, say, France. Boom! I'm there.

I can think of my old friend when I was just 5 years old. There he is.
Hey Bobby! Is Speed Racer on yet?

I can feel the cold of the river and the grip of the flyrod.
Fish on!

To be able to escape where I care to go, see whoever I care to see, and imagine any thing I can possibly imagine, and all within a fraction of a second. It is a power and an ability of which I am in awe.

I believe this is my attraction to writing. I get to go to places and see people and during the detailed thoughts that make up the writing process- I escape even more throughly and for longer periods of time.

Hopefully as a reader, you, one day, can come along with me. I know you also have the freedom to imagine even my descrption of my thoughts in your own way (which is more than OK with me). In fact, you might even do a better job at it and even conclude that I must be a better writer than I actually am (with which I am also more than OK).

It's really the only way I get to take passengers along with my thoughts and sometimes it's just nice to have the company.

1 comment:

Levi Montgomery said...

I think this is also a large part of the attraction of reading, an attraction that the best movie on Earth will never have. As Ursula LeGuin said in Harper's (and how cool is that, to be writing hot op-eds at 80?) "Once you’ve pressed the on button, the TV goes on, and on, and on, and all you have to do is sit and stare."