I'm taking the plunge! Egad!
I've thought about participating in the Slice of Life Challenge for a couple of years now. As a little girl, I expressed my thoughts and frustrations in my many diaries and journals, but it wasn't until I became a teacher of young writers that I began to realize how essential writing is in expressing thoughts and emotions. For me, writing has always be cathartic. I love to write. I feel at home when I'm writing. So why was I so hesitant in taking the plunge with the Slice of Life Challenge? Could it be, like my students, I fear the judgement of others in sharing my thoughts and my personal life? Could it be, like my students, I fear finding topics to write about? Could it be, like my students, I worry about having the precise words, the correct punctuation and spelling of words in my writing? Could it be that I fear that others will find my entries boring and dull, or that I will? Could it be that I worry that I'll spend way too much time revising and rewriting each passage, which is typical of me when I write anything, resulting in this challenge becoming too stressful and exhausting? Could it be my fear of figuring out the technology of creating a blog and how to post entries? Isn't it just safer and easier to sit back and not take the risk. But after reading Kathleen's invitation to this year's Slice of Life on twitter, I paused and began to realize that as a life-learner. someone who prides herself as a person who takes risks and embracing challenges, I owe it to myself to face my fears, and write! So here goes....
Sea glass, found on beaches, is naturally worn and smooth by tide and time,. As a mother & teacher, reader & life-long learner, and of course, sea glass collector, I aspire to use writing to help me understand myself and the world around me.