Welcome to our weekly blog link-up here at Five Minute Friday. We gather every week to freewrite for five minutes flat on a single writing prompt.
This week’s writing prompt is: RISK
I’m taking my kids skiing tomorrow for the second time in a month. They have the day off from school, and one of the moms organized a ridiculously cheap group rate at a place just over two hours away.
When I took them last month, it was my first time skiing in twenty years. I was spoiled to have grown up downhill skiing with my dad all over the place — Michigan, Vermont, Colorado, California, Utah . . . but that was in a previous life.
Before we went I expressed my apprehension to my daughter. She said, “Don’t worry, Mom, it’s just like riding a bike.” I wasn’t worried about not remembering how to ski . . . I was worried my aging body would hate me! I told her, “I’ll probably break a hip by 2 o’clock.” To which she replied, “It’s okay, I’ll just get a ride home.”
We ended up having such a great time, and I didn’t even injure myself! 🙂
When the deadline approached to sign up for this month’s discounted trip, I wondered if I should go again. Did I push my luck last time? What if someone gets hurt, skis into a tree, or falls off the lift? What if the weather is bad? I hate driving in the snow.
I decided to take the risk and sign up anyway. Too often, I let my fears of what might happen keep me from saying yes.
I can often do the same thing with my writing . . . I let my fear of what might happen keep me from doing it at all.
As I preach to myself, I’ll say the same to you: Resist the fear. Take the risk. Say yes to skiing. Say yes to writing.
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Risk really does not matter here,
no need to stay within my room,
no need to shrink away from fear
for all I see around is doom.
I’ve fought this thing for many years,
and now the walls are closing in;
this is not the time for tears,
no, this is where the fun begins,
when I can spend myself without
a thought of saving for the morrow;
in what’s now become a rout
there’s a surprising lack of sorrow.
True, there’ll be no victory,
but in my dying, I am free.
DO IT AFRAID.
You are braver than I! (In a lot of ways) The riskiest thing I do is ride my bike to and from the post office! I wasn’t sure how smart that was either but I do enjoy it! I’d like to roller or ice skate with my grandsons someday but pretty sure that wouldn’t be the smartest move. Pretty sure the fear of a broken bone will stop me. My writing? Face the same fear….broken heart, broken confidence, broken dream. But you Kate, inspire me to try and resist the fear and for that, I’m very grateful!