Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
~ Meg Rosoff
My words are mirrors of my mind. If you look at me sitting in my chair, you can’t know what I’m thinking. Even if I tell you, is it the truth? Is it really what I’m thinking? You might be able to see how I’m feeling but then again, my face may not be a true reflection of my internal state of mind.
Of course, I’d like to think that I express myself honestly and clearly, but do I? Sometimes. Usually.
Reflections in a mirror are reversed. A camera picks up the light in ways that the eyes don’t see. What’s real? What’s reflected? As I age, the physical changes I see in the mirror and in photos surprise me.
Internal reflection is a mental process of observation and analysis. For some reason, I was born with a natural inclination to want to do this. Ever since I can remember I’ve wondered about the meaning of life. I want to understand myself and make a consistent effort to change for the better. I’m really curious about emotions, psychology, neural science and the workings of the mind. Truthfully, I don’t understand why everyone else isn’t curious, too.
A few years ago, one of my husband’s co-workers came to visit our home. He was dazzled by all the books in our library and asked incredulously, “Have you read all these?” We laughed. “Well, of course.” He couldn’t believe it. He admitted to not having read a book in years. I was gobsmacked. How on earth could you not ever be curious about something, anything?
Sometimes I don’t understand what I’m reading when I get curious, but I like to stretch my mind and give it a go. It turns out that brains are much most plastic than previously thought. I’m not too old and rigid neurologically to keep learning. In fact, the older I get, the more I want to know. There will never be enough time in what’s left of my life to learn everything I’m curious about. It doesn’t matter because I’ll always be wondering, exploring and writing about what’s on my mind and in my heart and soul.