When I saw this week’s #SundayStills prompt from Terri at Second Wind Leisure, I drew a blank. The prompt is ‘Things that are White’. Now you might say that is easy and yes it is but… I’ve challenged myself to incorporate these weekly prompts to fit with my philosophy of living well. I could just take some photos of things that are white but I want to extend my creative thought. That’s when drawing a blank in my mind was useful – I had my answer!
A blank, white page ready for you to write your story.
Do you know there are 150,000 shades of white? That is what is suggested in this article I found. Who would have thought?
I love white. It is crisp, pure, fresh, clean and ordered. It is the predominant colour in my home and I do love wearing white. But it can be cold, clinical and stark and that isn’t how I want to live my life.
Being a Woman Living Well After 50 means colouring my life with experiences and connections to produce a tapestry, a work of art, a white page transformed and brought to life.
Like my home, I want to add to the white base of my life, pops of colour that enrich and bring joy.
Have you ever thought of writing YOUR story?
Most of us perhaps may feel we don’t have much to tell. Even if we aren’t celebrities or over achievers we each have a story that is important and special because is is our own, it is unique. It is important to those who love you – family, friends and future generations. It is important to record your experiences, your likes, your dislikes, what brought joy and what didn’t.
For me, I want my grandsons to know who their ‘Nan’ was. What she was like, what she felt, what she did, her values and the way she looked at life. I hope my blog goes a way to providing that information.
Your Story can take the form of a memoir, a journal, a diary or even a blog.
My parents both died in their mid-60s and I regret not really asking them about their stories. Sure I have snippets of stories from growing up and through family members who knew them. But I didn’t know things and wished I had asked the questions. How did they meet? What was their life like growing up? What was their life like as a couple? Did they have dreams and aspirations?
My two cousins have completed family trees for both my Mum’s and my Dad’s side of the family which is fascinating. I also have letters written to my Mum from my grandmother when my brother was born. I have letters Mum wrote to my cousin. These give me a glimpse of what her life was like but certainly not in detail.
Why you need to write your own Story
“When Writing the Story of Your Life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” –Rebel Thriver
I found this quote and it reminded me that sometimes in life we choose to live life through others or by others’ expectations and standards. We live with limiting beliefs that have held us back and prevented us from living OUR life OUR way.
I love new journal books – the page is fresh, clean and waiting BUT I hesitate because I don’t want my writing to ruin the page. Life can be like that. We hesitate because we don’t have the courage to make it happen. My friend, Debbie from Deb’s World has chosen BOLD as her WOTY. It reminded me that fear or limiting beliefs can hold us back from going BOLD(ly) forward in life.
So I leave you with a question or two actually:
Will you write YOUR Story?
How will you fill your life story with colour?
If you do, I’d love you to share it with me.