Before I officially started this blog, I did some research about writing and about blogging. This included scouring Pinterest for writing prompts and tips. I actually started to complete a 31-day May Writing Prompt list that I found there. It did not go well.
On May 3rd, I was prompted to write about My Biggest Victory. On May 4th, I was prompted to write about a Moment That Challenged Me. I will copy & paste the results of these prompts:
May 3, 2017 MY BIGGEST VICTORY
I’m not sure what my biggest victory has been. In a way, I think that’s good. There have been many. It’s difficult to say what has been the “biggest.”
I’m an introvert, so any time I am able to speak to a crowd is a victory. About 10 days ago, I gave a presentation during a quarterly department meeting at work. There were a lot of people. All presentations were also recorded on video for those who were absent to watch later. I can’t recall ever being recorded before. Prior to giving my presentation, I warned the audience that I’m not very good with microphones. After my presentation, our director said he thought I did a fine job with the microphone. He also said my presentation was “professional.” I had co-workers approach me later to compliment my presentation, including a co-worker who has a college degree in performing arts who said I did, “fantastic.”
I’ve completed 2 half-marathons. I can’t remember what year, but I completed one in late January and the other in October of that same year. I feel very proud about completing those races. My time for the second one was better than the first. I did not finish last in either.
I moved to Texas in 2010. Alone. It was late July. It’s now May of 2017, and I’m still here. I’m doing okay. I may even be doing well. Is this a victory, or just life? I suppose I could have floundered. I could have failed. I could have lost. But I’m still here. I’ve been through 5 residences, a marriage, a divorce, 2 jobs, various trips back to Ohio, gaining friends, losing friends, becoming more assertive, learning to love myself wholly, gotten into the healthiest relationship I’ve ever had with a man who seems to be the best possible partner for me. I’ve learned who I am and how I am. I have been through so much in these 7 years. Is this my biggest victory?
What about lifting weights? What about PRs (personal records)? What about standing up to people, especially defendants at work? What about overcoming “what others might think” to just be myself? What about learning to love myself and love my shape? Maybe my biggest victory is happiness?
May 4 – A MOMENT THAT CHALLENGED ME
You read right. I wrote nothing for May 4th. Today is May 17th. It’s very unlikely that I’ll revisit the May 4th prompt. I mean, it never really worked for me that on May 3rd I was writing about my biggest victory and expected to write about a moment that challenged me the next day. I know I say this too much, but I can’t even. Maybe I will pick & choose through the May prompts. For me, using the prompts was more about making sure I wrote something every day. I didn’t. I’m not good at boring topics. I need passion, excitement, drive…. Wait a minute. Am I having a challenging moment?