I have been cleaning a lot recently. During one of my cleaning sessions I came across my box filled with loose leaf writings. I love to see all of the random thoughts and feelings I have scribbled down over the years and to go back and read them makes me feel like I have actually accomplished something as a writer (or that I am at least on my way to accomplishing something). I have come across partially written poems, writing prompts, free writes, story ideas and random tid bits of feelings that were hastily scrawled onto the piece of paper in the hopes of releasing some of the emotion and capturing it as best I could.
I have decided to be brave and finally share some of my writings with the world. I always used to think that my writings were just silly little bits and pieces of thoughts from a teenage girl that nobody cared to read. But now that I go back and read some of the things I have written, I see that there is some knowledge behind it. Of course, my writing is far from perfect; I will always be learning and growing as a writer. But I think it will be good for me to start sharing my writings. So from time-to-time, I will share some fragments of my writing, old and new, on my blog.
Here is a creative writing prompt that I did last year. I was to write about something ugly – war, fear, hate, cruelty, etc. – but find the beauty (silver lining) in it. I chose to write about Distance. My boyfriend and I were apart at the time and the distance between us was something I was struggling with. And now, a year later, I find myself in the very same situation. So finding this writing prompt was a good reminder for me that beauty can be found in every situation. It is not very long or life changing, but I thought it was worth sharing.
written: June 3, 2013
Distance can be a hard thing to bear. It tears and separates us and makes us feel the sting of loneliness and heartache. Distance can physically come between two people and also emotionally between them. When distance physically comes between two people, those people can change drastically. This can be extremely painful when the changes become so noticeable and the two people who were once so close, become complete strangers. This is distance at its ugliest.
But there is beauty in distance, a light at the end of a dark tunnel that only two people who truly love each other can see. Distance may tear us apart physically, but that does not mean that we have to be torn apart emotionally. In fact, distance can serve as a time for two people to search themselves and get to know themselves and each other better. If two people really, truly love each other, then distance will bring them closer, not tear them apart. And that is the beautiful thing about distance.