This is the post, for the monthly bloghop hosted by Denise Covey over at Write… Edit… Publish.
You are welcome to submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, playscripts to a word count of 1,000 words OR artwork and photographs accompanied by your written inspiration in creating your works. There's something to suit every taste! Go and check it out!
This month the theme is SHARING.
I had so many different ideas in mind for this theme. I finally settled on a non-fiction piece. Before I started writing fiction, I dabbled in some non-fiction, so I've decided to share this 400 word piece from my very early attempts at non-fiction. Some food for thought…
THE GREY AREAS OF LIFE
When we are young, life is viewed through a lens that distinguishes between black and white.
It is a dichotomous world which has two positions for most things. People are neatly divided into two packages: good and bad, young and old, friends and non-friends. Issues are legal or illegal, moral or immoral, true or false. Games are fair or foul.
In other words, you only choose one or the other.
As simple as that.
As you grow older, it is not so straightforward anymore. There is an in-between area. The grey area of life.
This is where the lines blur, become hazy, clouded. We realise that not everything is transparent, some things are unclear. There are boundaries between several things that are not obvious, not understandable. Something can be viewed in different ways or be identified by different categories. For example, the concept of friend and non-friend takes on a different meaning. It is not so cut-and-dried anymore. You differentiate layers of "friends": bosom buddy, workplace friend, friend you meet for coffee, confidante, etc.
The significant factor is that nobody warns you or prepares you for the "grey areas" of life. It is something you learn through trial and error. You come to realise things through various life experiences – both positive and negative. These life challenges help to mould and shape your way of thinking, and ultimately determine your mindset. On a daily basis, your thought processes grow… change… evolve…
I don't think that anybody can actually tell you or prepare you for life's "grey areas". You have to discover it for yourself. It is part and parcel of the delicate mental maturation process. And even if it were possible to prepare an individual, when is the right time? A certain age? Which age? When a specific milestone is reached? Which milestone? It becomes a mine field because every individual is unique, develops and matures at a different rate…
Some people say that grey areas make life fuller and richer. So maybe a complete range of grey areas is probably the way to go? What do you think?
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I'm going to be very busy this weekend, so it will take some time before I get around to reading all the bloghop entries. But I will pop in.