I decided to participate in a creative writing activity recently. It’s not a very well-known facet of my creative skill set, but it’s there, nonetheless.
Why am I suddenly bringing it up, then?
Well, I was pleasantly surprised to win something as a result of my fleeting decision to contribute to this particular round.
I follow ermiliablog here on wordpress, and they host regular community exercises called “Picture It & Write.” I have seen several very stirring images, but this one in particular struck very close to home with me.
I’ve had my own personal problems lately, not least of which is being diagnosed with depression. Things are very challenging for me right now, and I’ll be making some very big changes in my life to try to get back on good footing.
This image, however… I immediately felt an urge to write for this entry. Not a passing desire, but a fiery need to tell a bit of my story in a forum where I could let some drama and imagination run wild.
So I did.
And it felt good to let out some steam and emotion in this way.
Then, I found out about the surprise contest, and that I’d been selected as a winner! I was flabbergasted – flattered, and surprised, and very, very pleased. In the midst of all the chaos and turbulence I’m struggling through, this little gem showed up and brought a smile to my face for the first time in days.
It feels good to feel good about something again, and it just goes to show that it truly never hurts to try…