Penultimate

SOLSC21, Day 30

One day to go. It’s been one great ride. There were days when I couldn’t wait for the household to go to bed so I could write. There were days when I was B-L-A-N-K, but I wrote. I’ve produced writing I’ve liked, and I’ve produced writing I am not proud of at all. I’ve tried forms I didn’t know existed. Through it all, I’ve loved every day of this, even the days when I produced the writing-I’m-not-proud-of-at-all. Still, it’s been one great ride.

I’ve read some AMAZING writing. I’ve got some wonderful insights. I’ve learned the intricacies of some cultures I had only heard of. I’ve read slices that entertained, slices that brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat, slices that were a laugh-riot. There were times when I was supposed to be lesson-planning, but would get drawn to this tab on my device, and lose myself in it, reading slice after slice. It’s been one great ride.

I’ve met one great community. No one ever judged, no one ever opined. There was warmth and camaraderie, and a welcoming undertone always. Strange how you can feel a connection with people you’ve never met. I’ve loved the ride.

It wasn’t always easy. For a first-time blogger, first-time slicer, it definitely wasn’t always easy. There was a time crunch. There was a material crunch. Some nights, I stayed up well past midnight just thinking of what to write. The spouse gave some ideas (being the philosophical sorts, his ideas never saw the light of day.). Siblings reviewed my writing the day after I posted. It really has been one great ride.

It’s made me think: What was it that made me keep coming back to write? I think, one, the commitment to write every day. What kept me going, sometimes writing so honestly that I surprised myself that I felt that way? Was it the anonymity the space offered? Or was it just the opportunity to write freely, about a slice of my life, without the fear of evaluation or judgement? I wonder because what holds true for me should hold true for my students, and I would definitely want them to experience something like this, where you’re drawn to write, despite the challenges and the crunch. 

Would I do this again? YES! A big shout out to my colleague for introducing me to this, to the people who graciously kept me going with the comments, to the entire community for the best month in a long, long time!

Published by Shaista

I have been teaching in different capacities for 15 years now, from kindergarten to middle school, to even adults. I LOVE teaching, LOVE change, LOVE trying out new things. Immersion in newer teaching techniques has, for better or worse, changed me forever.

12 thoughts on “Penultimate

  1. The repetition of “I’ve loved the ride” is effective.
    I concur with your sentiments. This is a wonderful community which has nourished me,

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! Your very first March challenge – yes, you did it!! You should be very proud. I agree totally with this: “the opportunity to write freely, about a slice of my life, without the fear of evaluation or judgement” – this is what is so heartening about this challenge for me!

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  3. Hooray!!!

    I am so glad I got to know you this month, and I hope you will consider keeping at it on Tuesdays. I will tell you one important piece of information. Next year, you will balk at signing up because you KNOW how hard this is. Do it anyway.

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  4. There are certainly lots of reasons that would pull you back, but the bottom line is, whatever it was…I”m so glad and grateful that you DID. Like you, I’ve seen a lot of growth in myself as a writer and as a human over this past month, and it’s due in large part to that community and camaraderie that you mention. I’ve really enjoyed your posts. So now my fingers are crossed that you’ll stick with the Tuesday Slice of Life challenge throughout the rest of the year!

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  5. I so agree with so much of what you have written here! There were days when the writing felt exhilarating and days when it was annoying to have to write. But it always felt good to get something down. And the community and the camaraderie was wonderful. Great post! You capture so much of this incredible experience here.

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  6. I am so glad you took the challenge. I am even happier that you enjoyed it. I expect to see your writing show up on Tuesdays as well. Who knew that a very difficult challenge would lead to the best month in a long, long time?!

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