Continuing our Writer Spotlight series, we’re delighted to host an article by Jeffrey Koconis. Jeffrey was one of our first members to upload an ebook when we launched the Beta.
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Why Do I Write This Stuff
by Jeffrey Koconis
When I ask myself why I write this stuff, it doesn’t take long to remember. I’ve always said it’s about the process, for me anyways. The personal satisfaction I receive expressing my thoughts in writing, or from my other artistic endeavors, will always be of prime motivation for me. But, I also now believe, or maybe remembered, that at this stage of my life, while living in the now, it is closer to the end, than the beginning. Facing your mortality has a powerful impact on your perspective.
There is an urge to tell my stories, perhaps to leave some tangible legacy that I was really here, and somehow mattered. I can’t explain why that should be important, just feel that it is. I admit, the process of letting my mind wander through my memories, sifting for the beautiful moments between all the hurtful ones, and there were so many, gives me joyous tears most times, well more like always, that seem to be cleansing me more and more, perhaps preparing me for the end.
I suppose I’ve been subconsciously writing my memoirs, in a moment by moment fashion, instead of a detailed chronicle of my life’s events. It seems more fitting to me somehow, as life really is a cornucopia of moments, briefly here, and then gone forever. Besides, that would require a thought process bordering on work, and that concept just isn’t on my bucket list. When you are pursuing a personal goal that you feel passionate about, it isn’t work at all, but pure enjoyment, and I’ve learned the difference.
Other thoughts come to mind, such as passing on what some might consider wisdom, to somehow help another person, even though unknowingly, by reminding them they aren’t the first, or last one to feel a certain way. There is a human bond of attraction we have, seeking each other out for every reason under the sun, and I’m fairly certain this unexplained magnetism draws those in search of some answers, that might be out there waiting to be found.
Another was to allow those close to me, particularly my children, to gain insight they might not ever have of their old man. Now that they are young adults, with their whole life ahead of them, it seems more and more important that they truly know me, and not some facade of a relationship I see all too often between parents and their grown offspring. I want them to remember all of me, the good and the bad, my strengths and weaknesses, my hopes and fears, and how much I loved them.
I don’t know any answers for sure, but can’t deny my energy when it comes to getting the ‘bit in my mouth’ upon thinking of, and then acting on one of my new endeavors. Writing these brief remembrances is one that likely will be ongoing as I meander through my remaining years, as I truly feel reborn, the fog and clouds blurring my clarity of thought having wondrously disappeared, finally for me. I think, no, I know, I just want to be the best person I possibly can be, realize my full potential as a creative soul, and human being. The ticking of the clock gets a tad louder every day.
So I write, with no fear, and bare myself to the world, I’m not ashamed of who I was, have become, and will be. Peace.
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