Reena’s Exploration Challenge #69 1-14-2019

 

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Reply 1-14-2019 – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 68

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

It feels good to be back again, and the words that ring in my mind are “Back to Normal”.

Well, I give you two quotes here, related to the words. Pick one, pick both or spin your own take on ‘Back to Normal’.

Contradictory, yes …. but it all depends on how you define your normal. or choose to redefine it. The quotes are tricky, not what they appear to be on the surface. What is really normal?

But well … that’s my take. I am eager to read yours.


What does it mean to be normal?

Most of my life I believed normal was something which I was not. Normal were those people around me who seemed to be able to negate the world in a relatively (to me) sane and regular manner. The kids with circles of friends and seemed to know how to act in every social occasion. I didn’t so I was not normal.

Those people who could handle new experiences and new people with ease. I couldn’t.

Those people who seemed to know their life’s path with certainty. I didn’t.

People who weren’t always afraid of being or doing wrong. I was.

People who could speak up about their thoughts and feelings and needs. I couldn’t.

People whose kids won awards and scholarships. I didn’t. Mine didn’t.

People whose kids studied hard and seemed to have their life planned out (including winning those awards, being good at sports, getting good grades). I didn’t. Mine didn’t.

I had taken me years to realize that nothing is normal. There is no normal. Everything I was looking to find to be normal, isn’t real. Isn’t normal.

There are thousands, maybe millions, of ‘normals’ in our world.

We are all varieties of ‘normal.’

I am finally learned to live with my ‘normal,’ knowing I am not normal at all.

 


 

Reenas Exploration Challange 68

JSW Prompt 1-14-2019

Feel free to join in and respond to the prompt. Please try to keep your response between 200 – 250 word (recommended, not law). You can write a story, poem, essay, anything which strikes your fancy! Link your work back to this post so people can read it.



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Response – JSW Prompt 1-8-2018 on 1-14-2018

Feel free to join in and respond to the prompt. Please try to keep your response between 200 – 250 word (recommended, not law). You can write a story, poem, essay, anything which strikes your fancy! Link your work back to this post so people can read it.

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“Truth,” he said to himself, looking down at his empty hands. Scarred and calloused, worn from years of hard labor; no longer the hands of the child he had once been. It was too long ago now, too many miles and bitter disappointments behind, to remember the magic he had once known. Maybe… if only… should have… would have…. could have…. the word shapes of his life.

Everything, he’d learned, faded over time and once it was gone, it never returned.  How was he to have known? Why didn’t somebody tell him? Could have… would have… should have.

But they had told him. Stop being a child. You need to learn math and history and grammar. You need to grow up. Be a man. Work for a living. Earn. Get. Buy. Things he could never afford, and yet he’d spent his life chasing every impossible dream which came along.

If only he’d known, growing up, the magic didn’t stay. Not if you learned math and history and grammar. Not if you stopped being childish and worked for things you could never get and didn’t need besides.

But it was too late now. His life was over and done. Wouldn’t be long before he faded away for good.

His granddaughters raced to him, demanding a story. Gathering them onto his lap, he started.

“Once, long, long ago, in a magical kingdom, there lived two little girls who were both beautiful and magical and Princesses….”

 

 

 

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #68 1/8/2019

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

It feels good to be back again, and the words that ring in my mind are “Back to Normal”.

Well, I give you two quotes here, related to the words. Pick one, pick both or spin your own take on ‘Back to Normal’.

Contradictory, yes …. but it all depends on how you define your normal. or choose to redefine it. The quotes are tricky, not what they appear to be on the surface. What is really normal?

But well … that’s my take. I am eager to read yours.

FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.

 

ROUND-UP OF WEEK 67

Eugenia at

http://amanpan.com/2018/12/14/another-chance-to-get-it-right/

Michael at

http://summerstommy.com/2018/12/14/reenas-exploration-challenge-67-stepping-out/

Indira at

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/reenas-exploration-challenge-67

Bladud Fleas at

https://moonisrising.wordpress.com/2018/12/15/bridge-in-time/

Reena Saxena at

https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/unsung-odes/

Deepa at

https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/bridge-in-time/

Helene Vaillant at

Bridge in time

 

 

Reply – Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 67 on 1-8-2019

Welcome to the drift, as we sail into a new capsule of time!

This will be the last Challenge in 2018. The next one will appear in the first week of January, 2019.

PROMPT

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FOR THE NEW ENTRANTS

There is no restriction on the format or the length of the piece. It just has to be your reflection on the prompt from the core.

Write a post on your blog, and link it up with here with a pingback, or copy-pasting the blog link in Comments.

I eagerly await your responses.


Pretty sure I am behind, but I’ll catch up!


There are bridges and then there are bridges. Most bridges are concrete and steel, stretching across those places where Mother Nature had declared ‘There shall be barriers.’

The truth of the matter is these man-made constructions are useful in our lives. We’d be fording rivers with rafts and rope still if not for the creation of the bridge.  Bridges help us get from here to there, make our lives easier. They link to past to the present, the now to the future, home to anywhere else we might travel.

The thing about bridges, however, is not all them are visible. Some span great chasms of grief and love and heartbreak, other tunnel deep inside the human heart, allowing all those things trapped inside to rise to the light of day if only we allow the rising.

Bridges connect us to other people, places we have gone before, thing which we have lost or gained. Bridges connect the moments of our lives across the span of years,  taking us into a new year and leaving the old behind.

Bridges are the connections of our hearts.

What bridges are you building inside your heart?

 

Reenas Exploration Challange Week 67

 

 

JSW Prompt 1-8-2018

Feel free to join in and respond to the prompt. Please try to keep your response between 200 – 250 word (recommended, not law). You can write a story, poem, essay, anything which strikes your fancy! Link your work back to this post so people can read it.


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