Remembering How to Smile


My absence was unintentional, but I think it was productive in the long run. A long time ago, I met an elderly woman who struggled with dementia. Her state of mind was such that she didn’t know she was in the world most of the time but there were occasional lucid moments. It was during one of these lucid moments that she said something I’ve never forgotten: sometimes you have to go away for awhile to remember how to smile. It seems so simple at first, but it’s one of those statements that becomes more profound the more you think about it.

That phrase came to mind over the last month, as I made some big changes in my life and worked towards getting back into a routine with my writing. I’d wanted to blog again for awhile, but I wasn’t sure what I had to say. Did I have anything worth saying? I suppose it’s a moot point; I’ve always blogged for myself, really, although I’ve enjoyed any company/friendships made along the journey. There’s so much to talk about, too: the progress I’ve made over the last year, current events, domestic violence awareness/recovery, video games, game development, writing, moving, house hunting, and so on.

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there – I suppose that’s just as true with writing as it is with anything else. It’s good to be back and it will be interesting to figure out where I’m going.