Daily Prompt: Being Joyful!

Daily Prompt: We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

I barely ever cry in front of other people, so it’s no surprise that the last time I cried tears of joy was tucked up in bed watching YouTube videos by myself. It was just before Christmas and I was watching videos of people giving to the homeless. What made me well up was both the generosity of the people giving and the gratefulness of the receivers. Obviously, homelessness isn’t something to be joyful about but it definitely gave me some faith in humanity.

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Daily Prompt: Being an Adult!

Daily Prompt: When was the first time you really felt like a grown up (if ever)?

It was a couple of weeks ago – the Sunday before Christmas to be precise. My friends were round at my house and one of them was saying how old she felt.

“I’ll be twenty next year,” she said.

That’s when I realised that she is only a few months older than me, meaning that I’ll be twenty soon too. This fact scares me slightly.

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Daily Prompt: Being Professional!

Daily Prompt: Now that you’ve got some blogging experience under your belt, re-write your very first post.

Well…my first post was slightly weird – sort of a monologue about mystical creatures. And I’m sorry to disappoint, but I’m not re-writing it, just make a few small changes. It was based on this Daily Prompt:

Daily Prompt: You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?’

So here it is!

I am freedom. Whenever life becomes too much for me, I simply spread my wings and escape. I have to be careful though, in case I am spotted. When everyday life begins to choke me once in a while, I exit my garden through a little door in the fence and walk straight into the woods behind my house. Then, when I am positive no-one can see me, I transform my self into something new – not a bird nor a beast – just a creature. I have glorious black wings and feathers that cover every inch of my body, and when I turn my face towards the breeze my whole being ripples like the leaves above me. Now I can take off; I stretch my colossal wings until I am triple my size in width, then soar upwards, away from everything normal and familiar. As the air rushes past my face, I climb higher and higher into the sky until only the clouds can see me – to anyone down below I will just appear to be a tiny speck of a bird in the distance. I turn into a black shadow moving against a sky streaked with impossible colours, and everything feels magical.  My abilities? I can fly of course. I like to think that I am looking out for the other people down there. Sometimes I like to terrify thieves so that they will never steal again; other days I enjoy swooping into dark alleyways where muggers lurk and carry them off to isolated islands until they have learnt their lesson.

When I am up there, I can let go of everything.

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Daily Prompt: Being Clichéd!

Daily Prompt: Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.

Once again, I cannot remember when this was last relevant to me. However, I’m sure it is probably true – people focus too much on the unlikely things they could have rather than the small things they will have (although sometimes that’s not a bad thing). Personally I quite like clichés. Did you know that people use them so much in speech because it is easier for the brain to work quickly on the spot instead of being original?

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Daily Prompt: Being Awkward!

Daily Prompt: Have you ever managed to paint yourself into the proverbial corner because of your words? What did you do while waiting for them “to dry”?

A friend I once sat next to in my school art lessons once asked me if I liked her painting. It wasn’t the best masterpiece I had ever seen (quite like mine) but I did like it, so I said yes. She replied straight away with “no you don’t”. How do you reply to that? Well, I just told her that I did again. Then she accused me of being a liar. My mind at that moment thought that giving her lots of compliments all at once would fix this disagreement. For some reason, telling her that the work was ‘amazing’ and ‘much better than anything else I’d seen that day’ didn’t do the trick – she could tell I was exaggerating and just ignored me for the rest of the lesson. Honestly, there’s no pleasing some people!

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Daily Prompt: Being Surprised!

Daily Prompt: You wake up one morning to find a beautifully wrapped package next to your bed. Attached to it is a note: “Open me, if you dare.” What’s inside the mystery box? Do you open it?

Of course I would open it! Curiosity would get the better of me and I’d probably think it was a (rare) surprise gift from a member of my family. Ideally, there would be some money inside. I know money doesn’t buy happiness, but it would certainly help at the moment! I’ve also watched a few Giving to the Homeless videos on YouTube and I feel so inspired to do something similar myself. It would be nice to be able to!

Merry Christmas!

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Daily Prompt: Being Heroic!

Daily Prompt: Who’s your hero? Tell us a story about why that person plays such an important role in your life.

I don’t have a hero at the moment. That’s not me being negative, I just don’t have anyone who I think of like that. Some people have a favourite writer or actor who changed their life in some way or another, but I just don’t just yet. However, I do have plenty of people I admire and who inspire me – perhaps I have more than one hero then?

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Daily Prompt: Being Thoughtful!

Daily Prompt: You get to choose one gift — no price restrictions — for any person you want. The caveat? You have to give it anonymously. What gift would you give, and to whom?

I’m going to change the ‘person’ to ‘people’ – my parents. I would buy them a cottage in a quiet part of Cornwall or Devon, where they could go on endless walks with the dog but still be close enough to a town so as not to be bored out of their minds! And they’d have to be a few houses nearby as well, so they weren’t too isolated and my mum wouldn’t worry too much about ghosts. Hopefully, they’d be able to guess who it was from – I’d drop them a few hints along the way!

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Daily Prompt: Being Resolved!

Daily Prompt: We’re entering the final days of 2014 — how did you do on your New Year’s resolutions these past 11.75 months? Is there any leftover item to be carried over to 2015?

My New Year’s resolution was to try and be happier. I think I’ll be carrying this one through into 2015! Although I have definitely become more optimistic and tried not to take so many things to heart, I wouldn’t say I have been that much happier. Of course, things happen that make our resolutions much, much harder than we anticipated, but we can always try again next year!

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Daily Prompt: Being Lucky!

Daily Prompt: You can singlehandedly create a causal relation between two things that are currently unconnected — a word and an emotion, a song and an extreme weather event, wearing a certain color and winning the lottery. What cause would you link to what effect, and why?

This reminds me of old science lessons – except it’s slightly more interesting! The possibilities are endless here. I think I’d make it exciting for everyone – how about when it starts raining, everyone around you joins together to create a huge mob of people singing and dancing to a High School Musical song? Or even better, if a drop of rains touches you, you are instantly happier and your luck improves by 50% for the day? Just something that would make everyone’s day better! I could go on here, but I think you get the idea. What would you do?

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