Author, 96, Proves It's Never Too Late

I’ve been meaning to post this, but it’s evergreen encouragement, really. Here’s some inspiration for the writer within! Author, 96, proves it’s never too late.

BRICK, N.J. – Into his 90s, decimated by the loss of his beloved wife, and alone at night with the memories of a rough and sad childhood spent battling an alcoholic father and vicious anti-Semitism, Harry Bernstein decided to write.

What started out as almost a form of therapy eventually turned into a book called “The Invisible Wall” that chronicles his childhood in a northern England mill town and — considering that it wasn’t published until he was 96 — serves as an inspiration for aspiring authors.

Bernstein began writing “The Invisible Wall” when he was 93 as a way to deal with his memories and the loneliness he felt after his wife of almost seven decades, Ruby, passed away from leukemia in 2002.

“I didn’t know what the heck to do with myself. … You know when you get into your 90s like I am, there’s nowhere else to think except the past. There’s no future to think about. There’s very little present,” says Bernstein, who gets around his New Jersey house slowly, with the aid of a cane, and is the sole survivor in his family.

“So you think of the past, particularly at nighttime when you’re lying in bed. And it all came back. So I began to write, and I was occupied, and it was really the best therapy I could have had.”

Bernstein cranks out his pages on a typewriter in his bedroom, saying that the computer nearby is too complicated for anything more than checking his e-mail. And at his age, he allows himself a certain latitude in the writing process, meaning that instead of worrying about deadlines he just writes until he doesn’t feel like writing anymore.

“I’ve been trained to finish something you start, don’t leave anything undone,” he says. “I just feel I’m not satisfied until I finish what I start. And I will not be satisfied until I start something new.”

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And don’t put off your dreams– starting pursuing them now! Live your life! 🙂


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3 comments on “Author, 96, Proves It's Never Too Late
  1. laura says:

    What an inspiration he is!!

    Thanks for sharing him with us.

  2. Julia says:

    Laura, he truly is an inspiration! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about him. 🙂

  3. Ritergal says:

    I’m always thrilled to hear stories of people doing new things at surprisingly late ages. Thanks for sharing!

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