Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Beginning. . .Again

March has arrived and with it the Slice of Life Story Challenge. This will be my third time out. Thirty-one days of blog writing.  A daunting task that this year fills with me with a bit of trepidation. It has been months since I set pen to paper or sat in front of my keyboard to write anything other than a grocery list, email, or lesson plan. My days have seemed too busy, rushing from one thing to another, barely enough time to breathe let alone time to let my brain process events and feelings and find the words to adequately express them. And in that rush, in that lack of processing and word-finding, my days have slipped into a running of sameness. Looking back over the days I struggle to find anything to point to that makes each one stand out.  I have reverted to survival mode. 

I have forgotten to live the life of a writer.

So, yes, it is with trepidation that I begin this challenge.  Will I be able to find subjects to write about each and every day? Can I still find the words to bring those subjects to life? Can I still find meaning in even the smallest of incidents? Will I find the courage to write about what I feel reveals too much of me?

Yet in that fear lies excitement.  Because even though clouded with doubt, I still retain a glimmer of belief that those subjects are there. That I will find moments in my days worth writing about and the words worthy to celebrate them. That through my writing I will once again be able to make sense of the craziness that takes over at times, holding me captive, unable to escape. That my voice will appear once again loud and strong and clear, if not to others then at least to me. That I will find time to sit and think and ponder and write. And breathe.

March has arrived and so has the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  Welcome! I look forward to beginning. . .again.

6 comments:

  1. Beginning again is my topic today too--or will be, I think, when I sit down to write. I am still in full trepidation mode. So hard to imagine doing this every day when we haven't been writing regularly or living life as a writer. Glad to join you on the journey!

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    1. It is good to have company on this journey! It seems like such a long one, starting out. I know it will fly by, though, and we will soon be looking back, content with having accomplished so much and a little sad to see it end. :)

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  2. You describe my life. I told my husband it's like Groundhog Day around here. I hadn't even considered how this challenge will force me to slow down, but you captured that aspect well here. It's my fifth year doing the challenge and I, too, approach March with trepidation.

    If this blog is any indication, you certainly haven't lost your writing skills!

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    1. Groundhog Day is a perfect description! Every day just seems to be a repeat of the one before. I am so thankful for this challenge. Just one day of writing and feel so much lighter. And thank you so much for your compliment! Just the encouragement I needed as I get back into writing. :)

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  3. Your stories and insights are always welcome pearls. They challenge me, encourage me, provoke me, and remind me of the fragile and intense beauties of life all around us. I'm so glad that you are picking up the pen and sharing whatever insights you find with the rest of us. Gifts are especially valued, when they are shared.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. You always have such wonderful words of encouragement. I look forward to taking this journey along with you again this year. Happy writing!

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