Bernstein published his first short story in 1934. It took seven decades for his next literary achievement. His novel The Invisible Wall is about his early childhood in a poor neighborhood in an English mill town where Jews and Christians were strictly separated.
“If I had not lived until I was 90, I would not have been able to write this book,” Mr. Bernstein said. “It just could not have been done even when I was 10 years younger. I wasn’t ready.”
This is something I think people either don’t know or will choose not to know: That every stage of life brings its own competencies and stories. This story Mr. Bernstein has written had to wait until he was ready to write it well. It took time, clearly. But apparently it was worth the wait.
This will be good news to people who in their 40s 50s or beyond are wondering if they still have relevant stories within them. It seems likely that you might.
An excellent point for prone-to-depression aging (and who isn’t aging?) writers everywhere to take to heart.