The Final Slice (for now)

Well, slicers…we made it.  This was my first time participating in the Slice of Life Challenge.  Thank you to all at TwoWritingTeachers.org for creating this opportunity.

I really did not think 31 days ago that I would be able to do this.  The idea of writing every single day in my notebook is not daunting, but somehow the sharing aspect of this challenge intimidated me.  I have to say, this was a really rewarding experience, even though it was challenging and sometimes frustrating.

Some days I did not feel like writing.  Some days I did not know what to write about.  But there was something that compelled me not to give up.  Truth be told, I’m sure no one would have noticed or cared if I dropped out and stopped posting midway through.  And if I’m being honest, I thought about it.  But somehow I felt this weird accountability to myself- I said I was going to do it, so I’m doing it.  I wish I applied this same determination to my diet when a parent sends in donuts from the Amish market….

It felt good to push myself. I found myself noticing things and thinking, “ooh that’s going to be my slice for today!” I looked forward to reading and commenting on other posts and I loved when I found that someone had commented on mine. How odd that we feel so validated by total strangers.

But that’s the thing, though we may be strangers in the sense that we’ve never met in real life, we are somehow bonded in this community of writers and teachers and humans.  We shared each other’s joys, sorrows, and laughs.  It made us feel close to each other even though we’re as much as an ocean away geographically.  It made me smile when I noticed names on Twitter and thought, “oh I read that person’s slice today!” The internet is a weird and wonderful thing.

Thank you friends, for encouraging and inspiring me.  While we might not write every single day, I hope our virtual paths cross again before next March.

6 thoughts on “The Final Slice (for now)

  1. Everything you said about this crazy challenge is true! And when you meet people in real life, you’ll really feel connected! I’m glad you did and people would have noticed if you’d dropped out!

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  2. Congratulations! Making my writing public was hard for me at first too, but as with all things it got easier over time. It also showed me how important it is to get my students to share their writing often, even if they are only sharing with a small group.

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  3. “ooh that’s going to be my slice for today!” How odd that we feel so validated by total strangers.”

    This is exactly why I love this challenge. Well put. Also, we would’ve missed you if you stopped slicing. 🤗

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  4. Congratulations!! I hope you’ll slice on Tuesdays, the weekly challenge, during the year. I loved this phrase “something that compelled me not to give up” – this is grit! You did it!

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