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Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm Not Done

For last week's Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop, I wrote 11 six word memoirs. I couldn't stop at just one. To read them all, click here.

This week's writing assignment is to elaborate. Rather than bombard you with 11 explanations, I have selected one:

I'm still a work in progress.

It's very simple really.

I am not the same person that I was ten years ago, five years ago or even one year ago, in large part thanks to maturity, motherhood, devastating losses and some wonderful people I am thankful to have met along the way.

I am constantly evolving and growing and experiencing new thoughts and ideas (sometimes reluctantly), and getting better. I'm not done.

I meet new people all the time and try to expose myself to equal parts comfort and culture. There is a lot more of the world I look forward to seeing. I'm not done.

I have internal demons and I am my own worst enemy. I've learned just about everything the hard way. I'm proud, stubborn, love having the last word and have a difficult time relaxing. I have few regrets, wish I was more patient, struggle daily with trying to live in the moment. I have been known to drink too much, swear too much and be a real bitch when I don't get my way. I am working on all of the above and I'm not done.

I love my family and friends beyond measure and take pride in my home, my word and compassion for others. I'm not done.

Some of my core morals and values are the same as they ever were, but with age I'm finding that I'm more open and (a bit) more flexible to other view points. I'm thirsty for knowledge and have a immense curiosity for the world around me.

I'm not done.

I'm not done learning, growing, creating, believing, feeling, listening, dancing, dreaming, reading, sitting, swimming, exploring, sweating, smiling, hoping, loving, living, being.

I'm not done.

I'm still a work in progress.

"I am a work in progress, dressed in the fabric of a world unfolding, offering me intricate patterns of questions, rhythms that never come clean, and strengths that you still haven't seen." -Ani DiFranco

This post was written for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop, Prompt 1.) Last week you chose a six word memoir to share…this week elaborate. Tell us the story or thought process behind the sentence you wrote.

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Blogger Adrienne said...

This is great! Such a passionate expression of your determination to grow. I loved every word!

June 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

You have beautifully worded what a lot of us women feel. At least, how I feel. You may be a work in progress, but I'm liking who you are right now.

June 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Gorgeous. Transparent. LOVE it!

June 9, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Love this. So open. Thanks for sharing :)

June 9, 2011 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Cookie's Mom said...

Nicely done! Isn't it grand? We get to evolve and become something greater than who we are at any moment.

June 9, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

You wrote exactly how I've been feeling. Very well said. Also? I like who you are but am eager to follow your journey.

June 9, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love a work in progress! Very nice post!
Just popped in from Mama Kat to say hi!

June 9, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

You sound a lot like me in many, many ways.

June 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Patty Ann said...

I love it! I feel the same way too! Just stopped by from Mama Kat to say Hi!!

June 9, 2011 at 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

You betcha...always room to grow and learn and love and all of that with jazz hands.

June 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

I think one should always look at life as a work in process. I think it is a very good way to view our lives on earth, to never stop learning until we die. Good for you!

June 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Coreen said...

Not being done is a good thing, but I sure like what you are right now! xo

June 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Jen Has A Pen said...

This is such a real and beautiful post. I felt so many of the things you said apply to my own life. Great stuff.

June 10, 2011 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I am so glad you are learning and growing daily. It is wonderful to know that you are constantly changing.

June 11, 2011 at 4:44 AM  
Anonymous MamaRobinJ said...

Perfect. We all are, and it's those of us who are aware of this who get the most out of the process. Love seeing these peeks into your growing self.

June 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM  

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