Unlock the Mind
For the first Writing 101 assignment we’ve been asked to unlock the mind and with a 20-minute free write. That means no thinking ahead of time what I’m going to write about. Just get’er done. I desperately wanted to think of what to write then write freely, but no I won’t break the rules. The following is my 20 minute free write for Day 1:
The pink sugar on my tongue has become something bitter, no longer the blissful sweet I experienced devouring four sparkly pink Peeps (a gift from my mom for Easter). Drink of water just makes the bitterness stronger. I grab the nearby paper towel to wipe my mouth only to throw the crumbs of fallen sugar from my bunny victims all over me. I hate crumbs all over me. Things sure do change, especially the consistency of marshmallow Peeps once you open the package. That’s why so many of them must be eaten at once, nothing is the same after you open that package. They’re so soft and fresh at first slowly getting harder, firmer, and un-deliciously stale, yes ‘un’.
I’m thinking as I write this ‘free write’ for the first Blogging U. Writing 101 assignment that life is a lot like Peeps. Not in that life gets stale as we age but it certainly gets harder and the flavor of everything changes even as our desire remains strong. We bite off little bits – days, chores, tasks, challenges – changing the shape of what once was only to find our paper towel empty, forcing us to do something else (like write). Like quench thirst and then write but Peeps can only sustain us so far and we have to take care of our other needs.
It’s not always easy to shift focus, like going on a diet. I gotta go on a diet, shift my focus to taking better care of myself instead of comforting my desires and getting what I want. Shift my focus from complacency to discipline. Running. Biking. Jumping Jacks, Lions, Tigers and Miles oh my! Oh I know I can do it, just so happens I also know it’s hard, like old Peeps. I’ve learned so much over the last five years even as I’ve fallen on my face a whole, whole bunch (honestly more than I’d like to admit). One of these things is something I’ve mentioned before, not to rely on the ‘sugary’ moments, the highs, the tasty freshness of a new idea, possibility or dream. Peeps cannot sustain us. We have to keep going after that bitter taste ravages our mouth.
This year is a year to push through the bitterness, push through the insecurities, the fears, the anxieties, the doubts and the worries. It requires that I make sure I brush my teeth soon after eating those delicious little wabbits, exercise discipline in light of the bitterness. Believe 100% in my writing and photography and devote the necessary time to caring for my garden of ideas – I won’t get into my other project ideas ;).
When I open a package of Peeps I’m committing to eating at least two (have to enjoy them fresh remember), probably three, maybe four. And I follow through. So Easter in addition to the miracle that it represents reminds me of renewal, commitment, and follow through. That is, I have to renew my commitment to follow through. Heck if Jesus can achieve as he did, what’s the least we can do, really?