I have had some of you commenting on my blog stating that you enjoy following youngwritersandpoets although you are not “young”.
In reality readers, these comments made me reflect a lot on what “young” actually means.
Well, honestly speaking, if I consider formal definitions of “youth”, then even I would not be considered as “young” (Yes, I’m already 30).
The UN for instance defines “youth” as persons between the ages of 15 and 24.
That’s right, according to statistics, as from 25 you are no longer young.
So, you see, it’s really an ambiguous term….
And the definition certainly a bit depressing too…
But what I wish to tell you is that for me anyone can be young, whatever their age.
I believe youth is first of all a state of mind.
In fact, by the term “young writers and poets”, I actually meant those just beginning to write (not those young in terms of age).
So for me, a person can be forty or sixty or even 80 for that matter, and still be a young writer or poet.
It’s true that some writers make it very young and that’s great.
Mary Shelley for example published “Frankenstein” at only 20.
But there’s also the late bloomers.
Bram Stocker for example wrote “Dracula” when he was 50.
And the famous Laura Ingalls Wilder of “Little House in the Prairie” did not publish her first book, “Little House in the Big Woods” until she was well into her sixties.
By the way, do you know that even science might explain why some writers start late?
According to author Daniel Coyle, it all comes down to myelin, the grayish matter that protects neurons.
Myelin creates mastery in anything (including writing) through a process he calls “deep practice.”
And according to Dr. George Bartzokis, a neuropsychiatrist, people grow wiser as they grow older.
This happens because they have had time to build the most of this myelin.
They can therefore write novels and even rule countries.
All this to just to tell you that whatever your age, readers, for me you are young and wholeheartedly welcomed by our team.
Before ending, and since my blog is much devoted to poetry, I would like to share this beautiful poem, written by Samuel Ullman, with you.
Enjoy and tell me what you think!
By the way, I’ll be back very soon with some poetry writing tips.
Meanwhile, stay young!
Youth is not a time of life
– it is a state of mind,
it is a temper of the will,
a quality of the imagination,
a vigor of the emotions,
a predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.
People grow old only by deserting their ideals.
Years wrinkle the skin,
but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust,
fear and despair – these are the long,
long years that bow the head and
turn the growing spirit back to dust.
Whether they are sixteen or seventy,
there is in every being’s heart
the love of wonder,
the sweet amazement at the stars
and starlike things and thoughts,
the undaunted challenge of events,
the unfailing childlike appetite
for what is to come next,
and the joy and the game of life.
You are as young as your faith,
as old as your doubt;
as young as your self-confidence,
as old as your fear,
as young as your hope,
as old as your despair.
When the wires are all down
and all the innermost core of your heart
is covered with the snows of pessimism
and the ice of cynicism,
then you are grown old indeed.
But so long as your heart receives messages
of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur
and power from the earth,
from man and from the Infinite,
so long you are young.