A pebble in a pond

A Year of Writing Prompts by Brian A. Klems and Zachary Petit

January 18

“Pick and Event from your childhood that you wish would have gone differently. Write it as though it had happened ideally.”

Okay, this is going to sound so phony, but I don’t identify with this prompt. When I look back on my life there isn’t one moment I would want to change. Everything that has happened has made me the person I am. There are overall themes I wish I could change, but are too broad to pinpoint into a single scene or short story. In reality, if I changed certain moments I would have altered my fate entirely. Who knows where I would be.

This isn’t just me being lazy and not wanting to write. Nor is it that I just can’t think of anything right now. I read the prompt last night and have been thinking about it since then. There isn’t anything I would want to change. My husband though seems to think he knows what I would choose. He didn’t want to tell me just in case he was right. Boy, will he be surprised when I tell him. Unless that’s what he thought and then… Well, fuck him then.

To alter my past would destroy my present. Even the most insignificant of moments have a large impact. I love my life. The only things I want to change depend solely on my actions now.

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