I wrote a story this morning – a short story about two and a half pages long. Rather than over-analyse it like I always do I finished it and took a leap. I posted it not only to Wattpad but to Reddit also (NoSleep). Even if I just got a handful of likes/upvotes I’d be happy. Constructive criticism is also welcome! Here it is for anyone who wants to read it (I would say go easy on me but it defeats the purpose!):
The other night, after a work outing with some of my colleagues, I took the tram home and essentially sat in my own thoughts for most of the journey. I could hear traditional Irish music further down the tram but I really didn’t give it much thought, even after I heard people clapping and cheering. It was only when I was about 3-4 stops away from my transfer that I decided to turn my head and look for the source of the music, presuming someone was just blasting it from their phone. And I saw a person playing a violin.
Although I felt shy, I eventually made my way down the tram and sat right next to what turned out to be two musicians, a girl playing the violin and a guy playing a whistle. I became mesmerised by the violin especially, it’s a such a fascinating instrument, don’t you think? I sat there and enjoyed the music, clapping each time they finished a song even when I was the only one. People smiled and laughed. A woman even thanked them. They changed trams with me and continued to play on the next one, with the driver praising them over the intercom. It was a delightful treat on a Friday night.
What amazed me looking back is how much I block out the world around me when I become wrapped up in my own thoughts. This is exactly what mindfulness teaches us and I think it was in that moment that I realised just how true it is.
It’s been a while. I’ve motivated myself to do certain activities, but blogging is something I’ve avoided like the plague and I don’t actually know why. I’ve been working on my motivation – I got a FitBit wristband to help push me to reach 10,000 steps per day. I got for a walk each lunch time and walk my dogs on the weekends. I’ve sort of started knitting again. I’ve been practicing my German daily on Duolingo. There are still things I’d like to motivate myself to do still, the main one being writing. Even though I do Page Flutter’s daily six word story challenge on Instagram every day, it doesn’t exactly feel like writing.
Maybe coming back to blogging with help.