Monday, June 27, 2011

Five Lines from My Work in Progress

Here it has arrived, the Lovin' the Language Blogfest hosted by Jolene's Been Writing.

The following are five lines from the introduction of Southern Girls Living Fearlessly: A Lady's Guide to an Unfettered Life of Grace and Charm (or something like that but shorter). We hem ourselves in with the shoulds and oughts of southern etiquette - of life as a modern woman - to the point that we don't know ourselves anymore. Southern Girls Living Fearlessly allows us to break free of the corset binds and be the true selves we are meant to be.

It took a whole lot of life and natural consequences and self-exploration before I arrived at this stage of thinking, however. The five lines reveal me processing through my decision to live fearlessly:

Besides, when I think about living fearlessly, it becomes painfully evident that I fear too many things to face. I fear drowning . . . in water, in dirty clothes, in closet clutter. I fear cancer. I fear slipping in the shower. I fear failure. I fear success. I fear growling dogs. I fear getting old. I fear dieing young. I fear disappointing my parents. Most of all, I fear that I will get lost in oblivion, somewhere between my Once-Upon-a-Time and my Happily-Ever-After.

Okay, yes, that is more than five lines. I broke the one rule of Lovin' the Language Blogfest. But there you go. That's living fearlessly, isn't it? That's taking life by the petticoat and going with the potential.

How will you live fearlessly today?


Vicki Rocho said...

That's a lot of fear!

Today, I'm going to live fearlessly by taking my butt back to the gym.

M.J. Fifield said...

I broke the blogfest rules too so I guess that's how I'll be living fearlessly today.

Nice excerpt.

Jolene Perry said...

Those were GREAT. NICE JOB!! I was completely taken in.

Shallee said...

I love that. I think it captures what a lot of us fear-- getting so lost in life we're not sure how to live it. Thanks for sharing!

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

That's a great idea for a book. There's too much fear in the world, isn't there?

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Hi Lucy,
I like the title "Southern Girls Living Fearlessly"! I'm a southern girl at heart (lived in the south for 12 years...should count for something). Just the title makes me want to read it!

Did you mean "dying"?

BTW, I really like the last sentence. It rings true for me.

The Write Soil

Summer Ross said...

That is a whole lot in such few lines. Great capture of emotion.

Trisha said...

I think those fears are what a lot of people have, and so this is a really relatable excerpt!

Brianna said...

Oh to live fearlessly! I, too fear far too many things!

Krispy said...

Oh, I did quite enjoy that paragraph! Loved the rhythm and flow of the sentences. I broke the rules too, so yay fearlessness! :)