Photography by ~Norman Parkinson 1971
I rarely follow through with therapy assignments, I can't do writing prompts, and when asked an intellectual question, while put on the spot, I will blubber like an idiot, even though I can be quite expert at the subject matter being discussed. The therapy assignment this week was:Write a poem describing your good qualities. Hmmm, I thought about it, and it's not that I couldn't think of any, it is just that it would make for a dull poem. That brings me to writing prompts. It is probably great practice for writers, but my mind draws completely blank when it comes to this sort of writing exercise. I literally panic, and it takes away the passion of writing for me. I think I have stage fright when it comes to showing off my intellectual ability. Hell, I'm not a genius by any stretch, but I know shit ;-)
I'm so afraid of looking stupid, that sometimes I think I appear to actually be stupid! We all stand in our own way at times, not always trying because we are so afraid of making a mistake. I think one of the biggest mistakes we can make in life is to not take risks. I think the reason I don't do my therapy assignments is because I'm afraid of what I will find if I dig a little. This summer I'm going to try some writing prompts. I'm going to stretch myself a bit here and there, and see where that takes me.