Thursday, June 2, 2011

Trust 30!

My sister, Katie, is particpating in a 30 day writing challenge. Joan and I decided to join her.

So, Day One: Fifteen Minutes to Live

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.
1. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

Only 15 minutes? How much time should I allow for editing? All this pressure.

I may only have 15 minutes remaining, but my words will live on forever. That's the beauty of the written word but also the curse.

I have tried so hard. I really have. I have tried to be the daughter the parents wanted, the wife my husband needed, the mother all children dream of, the big sissy little girls and boys wish they had, and a friend to all who would have me. Exhausting but worth it.

It has been a good life. Rough but good. Tough but rewarding. Challenging but sweet. The yin and the yang.

I only have a few minutes remaining, so I can't get as specific as I'd like, but I am confident those who know me well, know exactly how I feel.

I learned eight years ago to appreciate every moment. I have to constantly remind myself. So my last words are that very reminder. This life is precious. It sounds cliche, but if we all embraced life, this world would be a kinder place.

I have time remaining. That's how I like it though. Just like my life; short and simple.


Granni P said...

I just read yours and your sisters blogs. What a great challenge. Keep it up!

cookie said...



I see you only made it to day 4... but this one was my favorite. Gave me chills. Sweet and simple, like you.