Monday, January 12, 2009

100 words - instructions included!

Born wanting to speak. Chatted my way through nap time in kindergarten. Wanting to be heard and understood. Tried to interpret the silent and seething emotions at home. I was the middle child, the peacemaker, the smart and social one. I pretended that my real family was coming to get me one day. I daydreamed and I wrote. And instead of choosing a respectable profession, I became an actress. I struggled, I endured, I waited for me to notice myself. Couldn’t find the map. Then I found love. And daimoku. Grief created a new me. I wonder who she’ll be.

(Teendoc challenged me to this exercise. Damn, it's harder than you think.) Who wants to try?

Describe your entire life in a single paragraph of 100 words. No more than 100 and no less than 100. It must be exactly 100 words

8 comments:

teendoc said...

You forgot to tell your posters what the exercise was!

Great job! It tells me so much. Please post in my comments. I want them for posterity. I think I've managed to fix them finally.

luna said...

I LOVE this. I've been trying to consider how and when I will take the challenge.

OHN said...

It IS hard. I had to keep tweaking plus and minus 10 words. It is weird to put your life into just 100 words...talk about being insignificant!

loribeth said...

As my boss/editor will tell you, I constantly struggle to stay within word limits. I was always the kid at school who, when the teacher assigned a paragraph, would turn in a six-page story. ; ) I did 100 words on Bridges last fall about 9-11 -- but with the full, no-holds-barred version on my own blog. It was tough! And to summarize an entire life in 100 words -- ??? My hat is off to you for doing it!

annacyclopedia said...

I absolutely love this! So much so that I copied it already. Your radiant heart shines through so beautifully in so few words.

Guera! said...

You used your 100 words very well!

mybeautifulcrazy said...

that was a lot of fun, just next time don't make it one line that would be hard.

Lori said...

I love it.

Especially this: "I waited for me to notice myself."

I wonder why we wait so long.