Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Introducing Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link Up



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.



                         
     

What we do:

Each Wednesday, we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:

We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do, too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:

Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:

We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:

More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.

So, without further ado, your first prompt:

What is one of the most difficult transitions you have ever made?

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Honestly, I think I'm going through that difficult transition right now. I'm at that point in my life where I keep asking myself, "What's next?" and not really having an answer.

Most of my life has been this predetermined journey. High school, college, the "real" world of work and bills, engagement, marriage, house,  kids. I never really strayed from the journey, always doing what was expected of me, always going with the path of least resistance. What would have happened had I backpacked across Europe? What would have happened had I majored in English like I always secretly wanted to? Sometimes I feel like questions like these are a waste of time, because it didn't happen, and so there's no point in dwelling on it. But if life is the sum of all of our choices, doesn't it make sense that I have essentially chosen this period of transition and caused it to come into existence?

I know, it's trippy. And you're probably wondering if I'm getting to the point yet. And I promise I am.

My point is that I've already accomplished so much, met all these "mandatory" milestones and I'm only 31 years old. The question "What's next?" is always in the forefront of my mind. More so now because I am slowly emerging out of my fog of new motherhood. I mean, this is the first time in 6+ years that I haven't been pregnant, or had a newborn, or a toddler to chase around. Yes, my kids are still young (6 and 3) and need my attention and my love, but they don't need me to hold them all the time, or bottle feed them, or change their diapers, or get up all hours of the night with them anymore. I get a few moments to myself here and there to read or write or troll Twitter if I feel like it. Don't get me wrong, life is still busy - work, young kids, occasionally getting to spend quality time with my workaholic hubby or go to spin class. But I have more time to reflect. And I've been doing a LOT of that lately.

I guess I just feel like the uncertainty of my twenties should be over by now, but at 31, I still don't know what to do with myself. Does this feeling ever change? Do we ever figure these things out? Will I still be this emo, angsty chick at 41, 51, 61, and beyond? Will I figure out what I want to be when I "grow up"?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "transition" as: 1) a passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another; 2) a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another.  So this implies that I will eventually move to this other stage.. or evolve, right? I'm still waiting for that to happen. I don't know what it will look like, or if I will even know when I have reached it. But I do have hope that it will happen. That the butterfly will eventually emerge from its cocoon. That the bear will shit in the woods come out of hibernation.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it." - Eric Roth

I want to make the best of it. I will make the best of it. But for now, I will wait. With hope, with dreams, with love, and hopefully some patience thrown in there, too.


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9 comments:

  1. I can so relate to this, Mia. You are not alone in feeling this way.

    I too think, "shouldn't I know what I want to do with my life by now!?" And I'm already 33.

    I've been different things at different points in my life, but I find that even when I was satisfied with what I was doing, I wanted MORE. If I was working, I wanted to be a SAHM. If I was a SAHM I yearned for a career.

    I DID major in English, and though I loved every moment of receiving a degree in English, at times I wish I would have went for something a little more practical...like pharmacology or nursing or something.

    Anyway, I'm starting to think my perspective is the problem. I have faith that once I adopt a more positive attitude about my life and my skills and abilities, that happiness and success will find me. :)

    (((hugs)))

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  2. I was just recently thinking about how strange it is that I am almost 31 one and will have 'big kids' soon, while many of my friends are just now starting their families... I am curious to see what my 30s are like!

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  3. I think that you are already transitioned. I mean from last year your blog is completely different. You are different. Your kids are different. Maybe it's not about waiting but just being. I think really it's just a mind thing. But that's just me.

    Also really awesome link up!! I should so join you guys! (how am I only seeing this now...hahaha).

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  4. This link up is a wonderful idea!

    I understand what you mean. The predetermined path had next step after next step planned out, but now that I got through that I keep wondering, "what do I do next?" and I think I need to think less about "next" and a little more about "now."

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  5. How fun! I love a good writing prompt!

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  6. I just realized you had this link up and I am so looking forward to participating. I also love this post. We often do not talk about transitions and are simply supposed to "just do it". There is great beauty in knowing you are changing and moving into a new place.

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  7. That's a cool idea for a link up! Having a prompt would make it easier to crank posts :)

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  8. I'm pretty bad at writing, I mean, at deciding to sit down and WRITE. For some reason, I find myself staring at the screen and forgetting everything I was going to share haha

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  9. While I'm only in my 20s, but I definitely don't think the uncertainty ever goes away! What is important is to always follow your heart and to embrace the uncertaintly!! At least, that's what my parents have taught me!

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