It is spring and there is a new writing group on the horizon. Six weeks of memoir writing, which means twelve new prompts.
Our theme this session is Choices and What Ifs. Over the course of our lives, there are so many of those big and little choices that take us where we go, sometimes where we long to go, and sometimes where we have to go.
As the Doctor (Who) says, “We don’t always go where we want to, but we do go where we need to.”
Nothing could be more true than my life in the past almost decade or so.
We all have those moments – should we turn left? Or right?
Go to college or get married? Or both?
Have children or wait?
Eat that cheeseburger or grab a salad?
So many seemingly unrelated choices that form our reality.
But what if we had turned right instead of left?
Taken that gap year to Europe?
Lived impulsively or more prudently?
Here’s our chance to explore those choices and remind us of the ones we did take, and where we are now.
It’s not simply about regret or justification; it’s so much deeper than that.
The first prompt is an assignment. It was the first one I was given at the start of this session.
Make a list of life choices.
They are not necessarily things you would change or keep. We’re not there yet. Just the choices in your life.
For an example, here are three of mine (of a much longer list):
1. Choosing a major for college
2. Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
3. Attending a political protest
They seem innocent enough, but have all had a major impact on my life and future choices.