World Wide Open – Five Minute Friday

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.

16 thoughts on “World Wide Open – Five Minute Friday

  1. Welcome to Five Minute Friday! I’ve only been at this for a couple of months, but it’s become one of the highlights of my week. I love your writing – I felt like I was in that plane with you! 🙂


  2. Glad you took the plunge – amazing things come out of these posts – surprising words lurking underneath the surface that pop out in unexpected ways. And like you said, it is incredible how fast the five minutes go! Good job, hope you come back next week, too.


  3. Angela!! So excited to see you here! I just started FMFs recently myself and today’s my third “stab” as you said, which I love. Totally relate to the hesitancy of diving into something new-as in your post. Totally relate to the fear at hopping into FMF. So glad to see we’re kindred spirits!! 🙂


  4. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome friend! So glad you’ve joined us for FMF! My heart thumped along with you as you described this leap of faith into all He has for you! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings!


  5. You wrote just what He had for you to share. That wanting…the drive…that passion. It’s *that* feeling that you were able to capture in this quick bite. Lovely. 🙂


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