Ghost Ranger
A long haired, rednecked Indian Cowboy

Dreaming, Writing and Aging

This has been on my mind for some time. I wonder if it is just me or do others experience this also.  Many of my ideas come to me while I am sleeping. Sometimes I actually remember my dreams, and sometimes they make no sense. Since my mind always seems to be working, I often outline articles or stories in my head when I lay down. This acts to focus my mind on one thing rather than its normal multi-tasking hodge podge.

As I get older I find it more difficult to focus on just a single thing. When trying to write, I get distracted and lost.  I have started completely deleting drafts and starting anew because I forget what my point was. Poetry used to flow; now it roils. The idea is there it is the words, the picture that has become fuzzy. In addition to my lack of focus I am finding out that I get older typing becomes more difficult, my fingers seem to have a will of their own and misspellings more frequent. This morning I arose and couldn’t even ball up my hand to make a fist. The arthritis and the swelling prevent me from doing ordinary tasks.

Aspirin and peppermint oil only help so much. I try to wear warming gloves but for some reason my typing gets even worse. I tried a dictation program but it required a set-up which took longer than my focus and I discovered that it interpreted my speech differently depending whether my teeth were in or out.
I wonder if ginkgo biloba actually works!

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