By Robin Smyth

The story of your life begins the first day you arrive on this crazy blue marble. From day one, your story is told on the pages of your own personal journal. Maybe your parent or guardian takes ownership of making the first inscriptions, but, soon enough, you will be authoring your own adventures.

As birthdays pass and pages fill, your words piling up one after the other, you may become aware that the written pages have begun to outnumber the blank pages. Still, the pages keep turning, always turning, from right to left as you scribe furiously with pen to paper. Your story, ever unfolding, with the ending a mystery, the blank pages dwindling slowly, but surely.

From time to time, you may sneak a peek back through the pages to read from the beginning. With tears and laughter, you recall scenes from the past that have dropped from memory.

On occasion, you may cast about for an eraser or ask the almighty editor of the universe for a rewrite, but your draft is stamped final. While you are able to drift back through the pages of time to reminisce, no changes can be made to the script.

Your trip down memory lane always ends up with you in the present, with pen poised to fill one of those remaining blank pages. What will you write next? In your perfectly powerful position of author of your life, what new adventure will you scribe for yourself?

In this modernistic, nearly futuristic, time we live in, are you making the most of your pages? As you near the hard back cover of your journal, are you making memories that matter? Will yours be a story worthy of rereading and retelling, or will your pen and paper amount to only so much chatter?

You are gifted with one journal on which to chronicle your life story and the pages can only be written in one direction. At the top of your next page, make your words count. Write a story of love and joy, charity and peace. Write with passion, with truth and clarity. Make your words count; each letter, each syllable, each phrase you string together should come from the heart and soul of who you really are. Keep writing strong and cover as many pages as you can, squeeze every last ounce of ink out of that pen of yours before it dries up.

Before you know it, the crisp white pages of your journal will start to yellow and curl. That back cover that heralds the end of your story will be looming in front of you far before you are ready for it.

Take frequent trips back through your journal to commemorate and celebrate your story and don’t be afraid of that final chapter. As pages become fewer and your pen starts to skip, look to the left and take glorious pleasure in the author you have been.

Robin Smyth has contributed to newsletters, business publications, inter-company webpages and blog sites. She has reported on multiple genres engaging a variety of styles and is known for her one draft, no edits style of writing. Follow her on Twitter @RobinDS3.