In high school I took "Creative Writing" and "Creative Arts" (not in the same semester). The same teacher taught both classes and I was always very fond of her. She tried to help me rise above my situation a couple of times. She came the closest to understanding who and what I was. (No one has ever completely understood me. Not even myself.)

In the bookshelves behind her desk I first lay eyes on one of the books that has held me up many a time when I would've sunk forever beneath the tempestuous waves of adversity. That book 'A Bridge Across Forever' was my first introduction to true 'creative writing'. I didn't actually read it for a long time afterwards (perhaps if I'd asked to borrow her copy and read it in the ninth grade I could've salvaged some of my miserable youth).

The ideas in that book connected with me (when I finally got around to reading it) in a way that nothing had before. It is philosophy and fantasy, truism and fallacy. Because of that book I read other works by the same author. 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull'. 'One'. 'No Such Place As Faraway'. (And a few others that I can't recall the names of right now.) Regardless of the author ( Richard Bach or what anyone might think of him), those works and the ideas they conveyed are full of good things for the human spirit. Because of one or two of them I made it through times when I might really have given up and stopped my life altogether.

True creative writing or art of any kind, must come from a point of contact with the human spirit. You have to 'believe' in order to put yourself out there. (And you must believe in more than the flesh that holds the pen.) At times, as I have learned, you have to believe in something just to get out of bed in the morning. You must believe just to want to take your next breath.

I'm not sure what I intended for this post to be when I started it. A definition of creative art, a thank you note to a lady from my distant past, an expression of philosophy? I'm not sure that it's any of those things. Maybe it's all of them. Maybe it is just creative.