Welcome to this week’s Five Minute Friday. Our instructions, via creator Kate Motaung: “Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.”
Today’s prompt: DIFFERENT
I turned Spotify on to “Acoustic Covers” so that I would have music in the background as I composed this five-minute piece.
Rather than music only, I got voices. This was different than I expected. I suppose it’s acoustic as in “no electronics,” which is different than “no voices.”
“Different than what I expected” seems to be the status quo in my life lately.
(And in the case of the music I’m listening to, I end up at a different place or with a different product than I intended mainly because I didn’t pay attention in the first place.)
I’m not in one of those “ah differences are wonderful and sometimes lead us to something we like even better” moods. Not at all.
As we face the sale (hopefully — please realty gods) of this house, and continue to adjust to the empty nest, I’m struggling to reframe “different” as an “adventure” because right now it feels more like a precipice.
Our whole world seems stuck in the “yuck” of difference. We cling to what we know, feeling safe, rather than exploring (respectfully) what we don’t know (or agree with) because it just feels too scary.
Perhaps if I take a deep breath (and keep writing to sort it all out), the “different” of 2018 will transform into something positive.
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday linkup.