One way to think about time passing is to imagine getting so many blank slate moments in our lives. Finding fresh new beginnings. I’m feeling it today.
Teachers, don’t we start each new school year by sharing “Hopes and Dreams?” This writing challenge is no different, so in this my eighth year (wohoo!) I will start by reflecting and “saying aloud” my hopes and dreams for March 2022 writing. I have prepared my March writing calendar, blank, but with 31 squares to fill in. What will be my 31 titles, photos, small moments, crafted pieces?
I hope to write each day. I hope to regain that writerly feeling of looking for the story, or the image to describe, feeling to capture, or the metaphor to craft, each day.
I hope to continue to write Covid memoir, because we are still here, and yet it is also different two plus years later. Because we write in March I feel I travelled that covid path with this TWT group from the beginning. We’ll see where reflecting on that takes me and I hope to read that from others of you as well.
Retirement- I will retire this June! Let me capture school small moments while I still have them, and reflect on my last months.
I hope to write some poetry. I hope to cloak some of my more difficult pieces in a veneer of fiction, because sometimes that helps me get them down. I need practice with creating or capturing dialogue. I hope to learn some new things to try from reading your work this month.
Mostly I want to dive into and savor those small moments, to observe honestly and describe faithfully. There is something so special in catching a small moment and keeping it. As I look over my blog pieces from other years I see it is more than “living life twice.” It is finding the meaning in the ordinary. John Lennon said ‘life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.’ I want to notice the life I’m living.
As we thrust ourselves through our busy days, here’s to finding the meaning in the mundane Cheers to sharing those stories, those small moments, with you all.