Today I am participating in a freewriting exercise called “Five Minute Friday”. You can read all about it here on Lisa Jo-Baker’s site.
The challenge is to freewrite on a topic for just 5 minutes – no more, no less. You cannot edit, backtrack, or change what you have written. This is pretty much the whole point of freewriting, you see.
This week’s topic is: BRAVE
Here is what I wrote:
I have a little boy. He stole my heart. From the moment I laid eyes on that tiny bundle, snuggled myself against that soft, warm cheek, I was in love. Unconditionally and inextricably. My boy is the embodiment of brave. Poked and prodded from just a few weeks old. Many nights spent on hospital wards. Endless lists of medications, supplements, tests, trials, and all that comes with being “special”. Because he is special, in every possible definition of the word. He never lets his challenges hold him back. He is bursting with energy and love and kindness. He minds his manners yet can also be loud, rambunctious or downright over-the-top. He does silly things like hug random strangers and slightly embarrassing things like lick the shopping cart handle. I once filled up with tears when he threw a tantrum in public until I realised that it was me who wasn’t coping, not him. I needed to be brave. Like him. He has taught me about myself in ways I could never imagine and I am eternally grateful that I can call him my son.
And that’s it. When I looked up at the screen and re-read what I wrote, I felt a tinge of pride. Not bad at all.
I found it therapeutic and enjoyed the challenge of not being allowed to alter the words that flowed freely from my heart. I am notorious for editing, perhaps to a fault. I find myself tweaking things that I wrote back in high school — now some 15 years in the past. This was a wonderful exercise in restraint and I welcome it.
Freewriting is something I have come across in the many creative writing and literature classes I have taken throughout both my degrees. But this is the first time I have used the technique as a blog post. And I rather like it.
I think I will try to keep up with “Five Minute Fridays” — it’s always good to step out of your comfort zone.
Have you ever tried freewriting? What do you think of when you see the word BRAVE?
(credit goes to Lauren @ The Thinking Closet for inspiring me through her own “Five Minute Friday” post today!)