Writing Gives My Life Purpose / From My Notebooks


From my notebooks, dated 12-12-90 :

Writing gives my life purpose.It makes everything I’ve been through seem worthwhile. It gives it meaning. It makes it look like I’ve reached this point for a reason.

Upon rereading this entry from my notebooks, I am struck by two things – the spiritual nature of this entry and my skepticism of myself. This is remarkable to me now, I guess because if anything my feelings expressed in these sentences has only grown stronger over the years. If I permit myself to think of these thoughts as saplings in 1990, in 2019 they are, by the same token, oak trees of a behemoth nature. If I was going to rewrite it for my mindset today, in short, I would drop the skepticism. I would rewrite it like this :

Writing gives my life purpose. It makes everything I’ve been through meaningful because everything I have ever experienced is now source material for me to draw upon as I tell the story of my life. I have reached this point in my life for this very reason – to tell my story.

While I stop short of calling writing a religion, I will say that it is a  calling to a way of life- one that I have answered and will answer every single day for the rest of my life.

Welcome !

Welcome to my official website. This is the place where you can find links to all my previously published non-fiction pieces, interviews, and poetry.

I will also be sharing entries from my vast reservior of notebooks and journals as well some of my original blog posts from my various blogs over the years.

By sharing my stories, opinions, and creative output with the world all in one place it is my hope that in so doing, I will in some small way be an inspiration to others with my words, images, and ideas.

I welcome all positive commentary and dialogue, so please feel free to reach out to me here or on any of my other social media sites.

Peace and Love,

John Michael Antonio