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We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your…

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and styles.

To participate, read the challenge instructions and write at least one post in response. Tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post to generate a pingback. Make sure your post has been specifically published in response to this challenge. We might just highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Fridays, or in our quarterly newsletter.

No matter how you shake it, it happens to all of us: we grow older. As our age changes, so does our perspective. This week, we’re asking you to take a look at those little numbers that often mean so much.

Everything Changes

A professor of mine once told me that each time he read Marcel Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time, it took on a different meaning. The way the book delves into memory and the passing of time, he explained, resonated differently depending on what experiences you yourself had been through over the years. While I could never reproduce his unique zeal for the father of the modern novel, I admired the sentiment.

For the longest time, well after I’d moved beyond my teenage years, I still automatically told people I was sixteen when they asked my age. Clearly, I was still young enough that asking my age wasn’t a rude question, but I was by no means in my mid-teens. Mentally, however, I hadn’t caught up with just how old I actually was.

Then something shifted. We often emphasize age as a number, a calculation of the days, months, and years we’ve been awake and living. Yet, as the saying goes, our age is also a mental state, a series of milestones that remind us of where we’ve been, and where we’re going.

Just A Number

For this week’s writing challenge, we’re asking you to explore what age means to you. Is the the loss of youth, or the cultivation of wisdom? Do things get better as you grow older, or worse? There are many ways to interpret age, often depending on your relationship with the passing of time.

Need some help getting started? Use the suggestions below as a jumping off point for your own posts on age and aging:

  • Age feels all the more poignant because, let’s face it, time doesn’t last forever. What if you never aged, or if you were immortal? Would you choose either if you could?
  • Write us a synopsis of your memoir. What are some significant milestones in your life? Which age was the best, and which was the worst?
  • Do you think young people face different challenges today? What shifts have you seen in youth culture, from your own experience all the way to your grandchildren’s experience?
  • For our fiction writers, cultivate a character. Through your imagination, pinpoint a common theme in his or her life, and show us how your character’s perspective changes as he or she grows older.

For the truly adventurous, we challenge you to try hitting two challenges with one stone, er, post. Combine this week’s photo challenge on perspective with your writerly musings on age, youth, and how your perspective changes as you grow older. We’re looking forward to hearing your wizened take on this week’s theme!

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  1. It was 3.03 in the morning and there was someone in his bed. He woke up shocked and appalled. Its skin was wrinkled, hair was grey. He thought, “Who is this?” Frightened and hesitated he tried to trace his last night’s memory. But no clue. Lost in despair he sat in front of his desk. Suddenly something jerked him. He was surprised to see his own reflection. Old, wrinkled with grey hair. He was upset to see, what age has done to him. A voice continuously echoed in his head, he woke up with a jolt. Everyone shouted “Happy birthday!”. He left everyone and went to bathroom in hurry. Slowly he opened his eyes and felt relaxed. Everything is fine. Neither sign of grey hair nor any wrinkles. Guess! he saw a bad dream, he just turned 21. Suddenly his fear returned as he took out his first grey hair!

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  2. I like this topic because I turned 33 last week. Aging can be frightening. I was always told “you’re only as old as you feel.” And, of all things, having a HANGOVER makes me feel old. What makes me feel younger? Sex. Sex definitely makes me feel younger. Come to think of it, the guy who always told me the previous statement, growing up, also has a pretty active sex life.

    Hmm…something to consider.

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