Sometimes, when I sit down to write–like just now–there are ten things on my mind I would like to write about. But, as I begin to type, I feel all of those thoughts and ideas scurrying in every direction, trying to flee, like an errant child trying to hide after getting caught red-handed.
I wonder what it is about these thoughts. Do they want to be understood, or do they want to baffle me? Life is as it is so complicated, and add to that the complications that arise out of our overactive imagination, things get tough.
There are depressing thoughts, and there are questions that leave me feeling frustrated. Sometimes, there are happy thoughts, and sometimes morose ones. And, in the span of a day, all of these varied feelings and the related thoughts take up all the space in my mind, simultaneously, that thinking straight is a futile exercise.
Today was such a day. It being a Sunday, I thought how nice it would be if I could give my my mind a break, too, from all the stress it had been carrying the past week. But, no. Those thoughts didn’t give me a minute’s respite. I dealt with them as best as I could. I tried drawing, watching TV, listening to music. Nothing worked. And, finally, when I sat down to write it all down what was troubling me, all these thoughts just fled, leaving me staring at the computer screen, blankly, wondering what to write about. The timer had begun and I had to write something.
Thankfully, I ended up typing 267 words!
I feel when we talk about Writer’s Block, we don’t consider the stuff we can actually write about as we battle that Block.
I don’t know if whatever I have written makes sense, but I am glad I managed to write something; get my mind thinking something fruitful instead of wasting away precious energy frustrating over things not working out.
The above post is a 10-minute free writing exercise that’s a part of #SoulfulSunday–a brainchild of my friend, Esha Mookerjee Dutta. And, I, along with my dear friend, Vinitha Dileep, are following this new concept of stealing 10 minutes from our busy schedules and just writing to give our mind a break from all the chaos around.
Do join in every Sunday at 7 pm (IST) and get going. There won’t be any editing of the posts we write, and there will be no judgements, either, coz usually, when you just pour down your thoughts on paper, you never look back to edit what you have written, isn’t it?