Life is more than the act of taking up air.
Too often, we take that for granted. We say we have lived, but what we've really done is gone through the motions. There was a time when I realized I'd become mired in the act of survival, and I was no longer truly living.
So I decided to get serious about the love I'd left behind for all that surviving: I picked up my pen and began to write. Once I began, it was impossible to stop the words from tumbling out. In fewer than 10 years, I wrote and published a dozen novels.
But more than that, I'd stopped merely surviving.
The books put me on a path, a winding one full of interesting people and places. Some of my most treasured friends and grandest adventures sprang from the world Throwaway created.
I have made many mistakes in my years, but I can unequivocally say that I have lived.