In an earlier post, Fictional words with real-world swagger, I talked about how we can apply made-up worlds to our everyday lives and achieve real-world outcomes.
Today, I want to give a shout out to the sentences that take your breath away; not in a oh-my-god-that’s-horrendous type of way, but in the I-have-to-go-back-and-read-that-again type of way.
These sentences aren’t usually the most poetic or rhythmic – though they may also be that. More often, they are a plain language observation that hits at some truth in your life; a truth that has escaped you until the ‘book’ points it out.
This is what stopped me in my tracks last night.
Did you read it more than once? It’s okay if you didn’t. That’s the beauty of words and stories – we all take away something different.
For me, this passage works on a few levels. As someone who is approaching, ahem, middle age (terrible term, but we’ll go with it), it speaks a truth about not seeing things for the first time. I also see it as a warning of sorts; a reminder to not lose that childhood sense of wonder and discovery that makes every moment magical. A reminder to enjoy each experience on its own terms, not as an experience relative to another previously had.
It also reminds me of the value of age; how every moment I have lived and cried and celebrated and struggled is a moment stored away in my treasure chest of life. A moment I can draw upon for my next piece of writing.
*‘The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains …’ draws upon Scottish folklore, superbly intertwining the essential human truths of loss, love, revenge, and of the keeping of secrets. I haven’t listened to the audio yet – I’m worried that it might break the spell that the story has over me. Please let me know if you have and if you recommend it. Cheers.