3/26/2022: Cheerio

I’m trying something new. Every day I’ll write for 10 minutes. I won’t limit what I write to any particular thing. It could be fiction, poetry, an essay, whatever. The goal is to write and then publish and share it. I need to get over my fear of publishing and I need to build a writing (and publishing) habit.

I don’t even know what this is other than I panicked and didn’t want to lose my streak already. This is number 6. Hopefully, I get back to some fiction tomorrow.

I almost forgot. It’s nearly 11 pm, and I almost forgot to write. I set an alarm for 6:30 am every morning so I can get up and write. That’s the idea anyway. It hasn’t worked out yet. I still struggle to make myself get out of bed and do it. Ten minutes a day isn’t too much to ask of myself, is it?

The sneaky thing is that it’s a Trojan horse kind of tactic. It’s intended to get me writing longer than 10 minutes. But, if I can trick myself into thinking I just have to write for 10 minutes, then I’ve done my job. Maybe in the morning.

The truth is that I’m kind of scared to write. What if it sucks? What if no one reads it? I don’t know which is worse, but I’m sure being terrible isn’t going to encourage readership. Just like many things in life, I won’t know until I try, and I won’t improve if I don’t do it. Life is terrible.

Obviously, I don’t mean that (most days). My life is so much better than average, so my complaining is not only self-absorbed and narcissistic, it’s disingenuous. I don’t want to live a life where I can’t be myself. Being yourself can be scary, but it’s less painful in the long run.

Now that I’ve rambled and written something, and spouted some cliches about being yourself, I’d like to close this post out with a haiku about cereal.

Cheerios are my
favorite cereal snack.
Crunchy, savory.

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