So like with so many new ideas, thoughts and changes, I'm always inspired by what my friends are doing in their lives when it comes self improvement, or in some cases, self-destruction. So when my friend Kristin told me that she was going to write 500 words a day for 30 days, I signed up immediately for the idea. This particular time and quest has been spawned by Kale & Cigarettes.
So what do I hope to write about of the next 30 days? Well everything of course. From my new found sobriety(five months thank you.), movies, SiFi, politics to teaching martial arts, what I'm reading or experiencing in my daily walk. The mundane and self absorbed to a passionate movement I believe in. I don't have any travel plans in the next 30 days, but that could change and I do expect to begin another huge work related, writing project this time. So I really hope to write about the small and big.
I have been toying around with a new poem entitled "The Clear Road Ahead." I had in fact for the past month taken time off from journal writing, did some traveling and some reading. With my Virgo mindset, when I begin a poem I have to finish it that session, with rewrites happening when typing into the laptop. So the idea of even toying around and not finishing a poem, is a big deal for me.That I can let go of the end goal and write and focus on a line of two for that session is great in itself. I love the themes of distractions while traveling along your path or road. The weather of course being the biggest obstacle or support while walking about. I have been doing alot of walking lately. Taking the bus and hoofing it. It's very liberating for me and my thought process. I asked if I'm indeed a gypsy, with a restless heart and a constant desire to move. Perhaps not, I love to romanticize every thought. But when walking I feel most close to the divine within and around. I rarely get that feeling in church.. The divine, be it light and dark, is all around us. What better way, I think, to prepare for death then living out in the world everyday. Everyday.
So I'll use the premise of being on the road, walking, bus, bike or auto, to write what experiences and thoughts I have for the day. Like a Japanese koan, today the road is clear with clear blue skies above and that same road will be riddled with mud, grey and darkness, but its the same road that I have to walk on to get to my destination, which always leads me back home. Ah, what a lovely thought, the clear road that is paved with well driven failures, will lead you home. Ok, so there it is, my heart and insight, for you all to enjoy the next 30 days. I encourage you to read Kristin's blog and to write as well. I know you will discover something about yourself that you never would have without this practice. See you down the road.