Growing Up


Remember when you were young?

Or, er, younger?

Your life was probably carefree, apart from mini trials and tribulations which seemed so important at the time, like having to wait until your birthday for that inflatable Action Man rubber dingy you wanted so much. Colours were brighter, sounds were louder, smells were stronger, tastes were… tastier, thoughts were more profound. You seemed to encounter life-changing events on an almost-daily basis.

And then what happens?

You grow up, that’s what happens. You grow up quickly. Some would say, too quickly. The colours and everything else fade around you, you find you have less energy, less enthusiasm, and even less time. There is never enough time.

In short, life gets dull.

Or does it?

I have the key, I have the secret…

Keep your life interesting. Why were things better when you were young(er)? Because it was all new to you, that’s why. Simples. So make things interesting for yourself. Challenge yourself constantly, learn new things, meet new people, never allow your life to become stale and monotonous. Always remember, you only get one shot at this. And those hours you spend wishing you were somewhere else doing something (or somebody) else are hours you will never get back.

Life is for living.





About cmsaunders

I write stuff. Pretty much any stuff. My dark fiction has appeared in Asphalt Jungle, Raw Nerve, Roadworks, Dark Valentine, Screams of Terror, Shallow Graves, Fantastic Horror, The Literary Hatchet, Gore and numerous anthologies. My first book, Into the Dragon's Lair – A Supernatural History of Wales was published back in 2003, and I've worked extensively in the freelance journalism industry, contributing features to numerous international publications including Fortean Times, Bizarre, Urban Ink, Loaded, Record Collector, Maxim, and a regular column to the Western Mail newspaper. I lived in China for over five years where I taught English during my search for enlightenment, before moving back to the UK in January 2013 to work as staff writer on Nuts magazine. Later, I was senior writer on Forever Sports magazine and associate editor at Coach magazine, before leaving to chance my arm in the world of pro freelance. In recent times I have devoted more time to dark fiction, my latest offerings being Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost Story (Uncut), Human Waste and X3, my third collection. I also edit, copy write, and ghost write. I am represented by Media Bitch Literary Agency and drink far too much craft beer. View all posts by cmsaunders

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