I’ve been toying with the idea of participating in Lisa-Jo’s (The Gypsy Mama) Five Minute Friday meme for months. But I’ve been too chicken to take the plunge … until today.
In case you’re not familiar with this clever writing exercise, you can read all about it here. But in a nutshell … Lisa-Jo picks a topic each week and hundreds of bloggers set their timers and write about that topic for 5 minutes. No editing, no over thinking, etc. See … scary. But also freeing and fun. Especially since Lisa-Jo and the writers who participate in the exercise are gifted encouragers.
Today’s topic is Wide. Here’s my stab.
It’s been 16 years since I stuffed-full two suitcases, placed $500 in my wallet and boarded a plane heading to Orlando, Florida.
The memories of that day still coat my mind like fresh paint. I can still smell the stale cabin air.
How my heart thumped. My brain screamed. Adrenaline swam through my veins like a school of minnows exploring a river.
I was a thousand kinds of terrified and excited. I left my small town in search for proverbial wide open spaces.
I left to chase my current dreams and embrace new ways to dream. The world was wide open and I wanted to dive in.
Ack … I didn’t get very far. But maybe that’s a good thing … because maybe you want to try this too, but are slightly intimidated by the fact that so many of the participating writers are truly amazing. Well … you’re amazing too. And I’d love to read your story, so if you’re game, head on over to Lisa-Jo’s place and link up.