What to Write

From the title, you probably think I’m writing my annual writer’s block post (it inevitably happens when one writes for 31 days straight), but I don’t have writer’s block per se; it’s just that there’s nothing I really want to write about. To say that this has been the weirdest month ever is an understatement. When have I ever, in the history of my life, been stuck inside for an entire month straight? I’ll give you a hint…it’s never!

What gave me pause when I sat down to write today was that I’ve written about it all before. I mean, how many more slices can I write about virtual school (it starts back up tomorrow), how I feel about quarantine (the ups and downs have been covered), and connecting with people virtually (which is fun, but there’s only so much I can really say). I started rereading my past slices from previous years’ challenges to get ideas. While I thoroughly enjoyed the walk down memory lane, I was acutely aware that all of those slices were about things I had done, experiences when traveling (which I’m always doing in March), or life as an expat in my current city. When you are confined to your house, writing inspiration for a slice of life is slim pickings.

I am so looking forward to being back out in the world. Writing about my experiences and travels is such a gift. Reading my old slices brought back a flood of emotions, the memories bubbling up to the surface. This Slice of Life Challenge has allowed me to capture these memories forever, giving me a purpose and an audience to develop a writing habit for a month each year. While I always have every intention of keeping it going, I never continue for very long. Life always seems to get in the way. But I’ll always have this yearly month-long slice of my life to look back on. It might not be a lot, but committing 1/12 of every year to paper is something worthwhile. Without the daily slicing commitment, I could easily have a blog with only the ‘good stuff’ on it. But when you write every day for 31 days about your life, there are bound to be days that aren’t so good, days when you stumble, and days that are down-right crappy. In this challenge, those days get written about, too, which is real life. Thank you TWT for hosting this challenge that is a gift I give myself year after year.

12 thoughts on “What to Write

  1. Stacey Shubitz

    It’s my sincerest hope that you can get back to writing about your travels and daily adventures in March 2021!

    You’ve given many of us a gift this month. We’ve learned from you since your were ahead of us in terms of remote schooling. Thank you for teaching us. 🙂

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Oh I will Stacey! I can’t stay away…I will have so many new experiences to write about then.

      You’re welcome…we are a community and sharing is just what we do! Stay safe and healthy!

  2. livinglife816287820

    Yes you’re so right it is such a privilege and a challenge to be able to write and read like this for a month. And yes, it has been a difficult month to slice about and here’s hoping that life will not be like this for long and that when it does, we will feel a fresh appreciation of what we have.

  3. Terje

    When we can’t travel far, we can travel inward. Your reflection shows the emotional journey you have had his month. The month, as strange as it is, is slice of our lives.

  4. bbutler627

    Perfect stuck-at-home slice. Yes it is apparent that you love your life out loud and outside in the world. It is what makes you You. Anyone who’s read your slices for years can attest to that. As much as I and many others want to reject the writing about the being stuck – both in quarantine and our writing – I do appreciate that we still do throw down these slices that we don’t necessarily like. They make it real and hopeful, a very distant memory in the many March’s to come. Stay well, friend. You’re still alive and you’re still slicing the world I’ll never see. I adore your stories. Such fun trips to take from the safety (and prison) of my couch 😉

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading my slices each year. I can’t wait to write more about traveling!! Stay safe…and healthy!

  5. wordjourneysite

    You are so right about the power of writing for a month and having these pieces to go back and look at – the significant and the mundane. We can find the patterns of our life in what we write – especially as many of us only write daily (or try to) in the month of March. You voice a feeling many of are having, I think: the hard to write about, being stuck-at home nature of life right now.

  6. Susan Kennedy

    As I wrote in my post, your writing has been a gift to all of us. Your honest sharing of your experiences, your persistence is a beacon. I think when you reread this post, you’ll read a reflection of this month and another stellar post.

  7. shaggerspicchu

    Uh oh! I feel responsible for how you are feeling by encouraging you to look back at your slices from long ago ! It sounds like you might have learned a little bit from it but sorry if you are feeling down because of it! Sending big hugs! We will travel together soon, I know we will!


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