I didn’t come to writing late in life. I came to Me late in life. Obviously, I was always Me, and I have been writing since I could write. Lots of different pieces of writing, tried my hand at all of it. My writing voice has changed over the years; I have changed over the years.
My mum told me that I once stayed up all night to write a story for school – I was in national school, maybe first or second class. I don’t still have that story, but I don’t still have that Me either. I have had many more stories along the way, all part of making me the Me that I am now.
As a young child I was quiet, yet slightly daring. My mum said I used to jump off the kitchen counter. Of course, I would ask her to catch me, but if she wasn’t ready, I jumped anyway. I was around two years of age at the time.
I had a great childhood, supportive parents and siblings, and many great friends. But somewhere along the way I retreated into myself, into a world of books and writing. I felt safe in my books, creating stories in my head, writing those stories out on pages. I also got into the habit of writing down my emotions – I didn’t express my feelings out loud – it wasn’t really encouraged. But that’s okay, it was a different time.
I engaged with the world, and had a great life, great friends and great experiences, but there was always a part of me that I kept hidden – a lack of self confidence in sharing myself fully with my peers. It’s all good, and it definitely is. Everything I experienced (good, bad, low, high) has made me who I am, and I wouldn’t change any of it. I am very comfortable with myself, the Me that I am now. And while I didn’t come to writing late in life, I have come to the Me that I am ready to share with the world, ‘late in life’ – though since this chapter of my life is here now, it’s not really late in life at all.
And while I won’t be jumping from any kitchen counters, I am metaphorically jumping into the Me who feels Free. The Me I Am Ready to Share. I am Free to Be Me.
Thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day. Fran xo