I haven’t been very creative in my guided creativity lately, but then again, this is only the second post in this series. For that reason, I chose to use a Daily Prompt from The Daily Post , like I did in December, but even I admit that I need to step up my game to keep things interesting.
Entitled Fireside Chat, today’s prompt asks:
What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?
Almost always, I’m not much of a ‘long chatter’. I think small talk is uncomfortable, especially when you know it isn’t going anywhere, or if you’re just talking to break the silence. Personally, I don’t mind sitting in silence (well, sitting in quiet) with a bunch of strangers because it’s just easier and I don’t have to break out of my comfort zone. It is a rare occasion when I’ve met someone who I can chat with and it just flows and most of those people are still my friends today. During this past spring and summer, I got to know someone who I would be very interested to hear more about their life. Fast forward to now, I don’t talk to this person on a regular basis, but I think that if we did meet up for a fireside chat, we could talk and it would just flow. We met under unusual circumstances, and in a way helped each other through our own personal relationships. When we talked, I was the one who did most of the talking, which looking back, I feel a little bit selfish for, but if I had talked less, I wouldn’t have anything to respond to this prompt. Anyway, I do know bits and pieces about them, as they know pieces of me, but I think I’d really enjoy a long conversation because our conversations did flow so easily which really helped me to come out of my comfort zone a little and showed me it wasn’t that all that hard to or all that bad. Since then, I’ve gone exploring on my own, only returning to my comfort zone to recharge.
I do wish to meet more of these people in my life, but those people aren’t just going to come and find me. I took the first step to finding that person, and it goes to show that if I want to change to better myself, I need to be willing to risk leaving my comfort zone and use it as a rest stop instead of a hideout.
Whose life story would you like to hear?
“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath
Which do you find more dangerous: wanting nothing, or wanting everything?
I’m conflicted. Up until the last few months, I didn’t really keep track of my wants. And now that I’m starting to write things down and see all of my goals laid out, I want to do everything. So I agree with Sylvia Plath, I want everything because I was so close to wanting/having nothing. I’ve started blogging, pen-paling, volunteering, working out, eating clean, sewing, and stamp collecting…all of this when I don’t have school. I’m eager to see how much I’ll keep up with this when school starts again in January. And all of these are equal wants for me. I want to do all of those regularly, but I know sewing will probably take the back burner for a while. (I also started a bucket list, which is pretty dangerous because a lot of it is travel, and I’m not sure how I’ll ever accomplish it all.)
So which is more dangerous? I think both. Wanting nothing will lead to a boring life (which I had for a long time), but wanting everything will lead to let downs if you don’t get everything you want. There is a balance though, and I hope to be able to find it, because everything is not all or nothing. It’s give some, take some.
Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt:“Golden Key.”
You’ve been given a key that can open one building, room, locker, or box to which you don’t normally have access. How do you use it, and why?
A golden key? If I were given a key, I’d open the door to being able to travel more often. My ‘key’ would allow me to travel to such places as Australia, Italy, Morocco, South America, island in the Pacific. It would be a dream to travel more and explore the world. There are so many places and unfamiliar cultures and peoples out in the world that I could never get tired of exploring. (I am a picky eater though…so I’m not too sure how well I’d hold up in that department.) I would love to be able to put my normal life on hold to go travel for a while, and not have to worry about responsibilities back at home.
Looking into the future, I think it would be wonderful to travel as a family for extended amounts of time, maybe rent an apartment for a month or two, so that my children learn about people of the world so that they can have an open mind and know what’s out there.
If it’s a real key though, I’d probably have a key to the bank so that I can use it to access money I can use for my travels.
What would you use a golden key for?