Jack Kerouac is a literary icon, someone who has great power with the way he wields his words. There are ever so many quotes of his that I love (I have two pages of them stuck to the wall beside me as I type this), but there is one quote of his that stands out for me above all others. In fact, it stands out as one of my favourite quotes of all time. It is this:
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple (from The Dharma Bums)
For me, this quote encapsulates the power of words and how very difficult it can be to find the right ones. I write a lot for myself, but in the past year I have written much here for other people to read. Sometimes sharing words is the hardest thing to do.
A few days ago I finished a draft of a long story that I may eventually (and hopefully) share. It is an awful lot of words, unfortunately not the best ones. I find myself a little burnt out right now because of the recent experience. Words elude me and I need time to recharge. In the meantime, I will be reading lots instead. Do you ever feel the same?
Whether for nonsense, expression of emotion, or the simple sharing of a story, words are powerful: wield them wisely, wield them often. They shape the world, they change lives.
I must go outside now, possibly to climb a mountain. I hope that the fresh air will recharge me. Maybe on the mountain I will find more words. I am sure that they will be simple.