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Express Yourself: The Benefits of Writing as You Age


The author is a homemaker and retired medical transcriptionist. She holds a Masters degree in English and loves to write.


One of the losses associated with retirement and the aging process is the lack of chances for self-expression. You may not realize it until you become isolated, but the purpose of social interaction at work and within the broader family was not just to acquire information via listening and socializing, but also to express yourself through speaking.

We need to bring our ideas out into the open. Our ideas originate in our uniqueness. The act of expressing these ideas helps us to feel more secure in our own skin and to regain our feeling of value in the grand scheme of things.

Many retired and/or lonely individuals have discovered that writing may be a useful tool for expressing their thoughts and feelings. This is as true for elders who have non-communicative spouses as it is for seniors who are single.

You do not need to sell your writing in order to reap the benefits of your efforts. In fact, you do not even need to have an audience—although writing is unquestionably more emotionally gratifying when it results in other people expressing appreciation for your efforts. However, even if you are just writing to yourself, it is beneficial to be able to read your own ideas with your own eyes. Writing has a permanence to it, as if it were a testimony that might be left.


It makes no difference how deep your ideas are or how similar they are to "everyone else's." The important thing to remember is that this is you—on paper. Even if you do nothing more than look at yourself in the mirror of your work, the therapeutic impact is still there.

You may have more writing ability than you thought, but don't begin by believing that you will be a failure if you don't pursue a career as a professional writer. The majority of us underestimate our own abilities and believe that the skills and achievements of others are superior than our own. However, attempting to be like them is more likely to result in frustration than in the pleasure of expressing ourselves—as we really are.

It is not necessary to cultivate a certain style or to reference a grammarian's rule book. Naturally, if you want to communicate effectively with an audience, your writing must be clear and comprehensible. If you want to share or publish your work, careful editing may be done afterwards.

It is not necessary to limit oneself to the past just because you have reached an advanced age. You are still a part of the world as it is, experiencing beautiful scenery and changing weather, as well as being influenced by and responding to current events.

It is also not necessary to spend hours attempting to come up with a topic that is worth writing about. You already know what you're going to talk about. Simply sit down and write down whatever it is that you are thinking about at the moment.



Trudy Last (author) from Massachusetts on September 08, 2021:

Thanks for your comment!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 08, 2021:

Writing is very rewarding even if I only write for myself. It lightens my heart.

Trudy Last (author) from Massachusetts on September 07, 2021:

Thanks for your comment!

Joanne Hayle from Wiltshire, U.K. on September 07, 2021:

An enjoyable and wise write. Writing is so rewarding, it feeds the soul.:-)

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