New Skin, Just Not So Much Of It!

New Skin

If you could spend the next year as someone radically different from the current “you” — a member of a different species, someone from a different gender or generation, etc. — who would you choose to be?

(Thanks for the great prompt suggestion, indianmacgyver and iamj0ann!) .

I would like to experience being a young woman. This is not to say I’m unhappy with my assigned gender. But TEMPORARILY I think it would be interesting to gain that perspective. I find trying to write from that perspective (being a middle-aged man), my wife (one of my most faithful critics) will read what I have written and pronounce it as “tripe!”

She clearly tells me that “no woman would think/ feel/ say/ do anything like” what I have written. I appreciate her truthful criticism; because she obviously understands a woman’s perspective much better than I do. I have the wrong kind of plumbing for that insight.

But, to temporarily be a young woman would enrich my understanding of their perspective, and make me a better writer.


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I am 56 and live in Ravenna, OH USA. I am a writer . I am a father and grandfather. I have been a Christian since 1982. I am a musician and singer. I teach guitar (when I can get students). I am an avid reader and Bible student. Under the name Mike Mattice, I write Christian nonfiction. Also, I write web content for a web developer, articles and blogs on various topics.

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