Today’s writing prompt was again taken from the Internet. It was posted back in March 2015:
This week, write an essay using exactly one hundred words. Pick a concept you’ve been thinking about recently, like daylight savings time, or a personal story someone’s reminded you of recently, like when you learned to ride a bike. It doesn’t take long to write one hundred words, but you must make every one of them count.
Though I’m sure there were many routes I could go with this one, I think I’d like to go for the challenge of writing about happiness, something I’ve been feeling a lot lately. I think this a good topic, and there’s probably quite a bit I could write about this one. It’s certainly a challenge to write an “essay” in just 100 words, but here’s my attempt at it.
For the first time in what feels like a long time, I think I’m truly happy. It’s almost scary, in a way. Because when you’re sad and down, anxious and depressed, you have nothing to lose. Nothing can be taken away from you if you feel like you’ve got nothing. But when you’re happy, it’s like you can lose it all in an instant. That fear is enough to drive you insane. But you surround yourself with good people, good places, good vibes, and you take it one day at a time. You smile, you love, you live. You survive.
So — 100 words exactly, that was. It actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I found myself constantly checking the word count as I neared the end – 96 words, 99 words, etc. I think I’d like to almost pick another topic and approach this one differently – write without looking at the word count until I feel I’ve finished, and THEN see how many words I have to pare down from that to reach 100. Maybe someday, I’ll try to do that. If nothing else, it would certainly be an exercise in editing!