#183: Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.
I guess the biggest decision I’ve had to make in my life so far, was when I handed in my notice to my paid part-time job in order to pursue my career in journalism/publishing. Since I had achieved my full drivers license (which was the main reason for working as a retail sales assistant) and was having to split my week between the paid retail work and my magazine internship, I decided it was time to really focus on my career. It was quite scary as I hadn’t been promised a job or any sort of paid work at the magazine but I needed them to know that I was serious about working in this industry. This proved to be the right move as a few weeks later, my travel-paid-only internship turned into a full-time position and over a year later, I started getting paid! So even though it took a little while to actually get the job, I’ve learnt a heck of a lot and shown my true dedication to working in this industry, as I’m sure not many people can say that they were a loyal unpaid intern for over a year!
I do believe that if I didn’t hand it my notice when I did, it’s quite possible I could still be working part-time in retail – and believe me when I say it was an absolute headache… and that’s not only because of the bright, artificial lighting! It wasn’t in the best area so the customers weren’t always the nicest (especially when I would have to inform them that I couldn’t give them a money back refund when the labels weren’t on the garments and they didn’t have a receipt!). Although, this definitely did provide me with the best Customer Service skills having to deal with tricky customers – which is probably why I’m also the Customer Services Manager here at the magazine 😀
#148: You’re stuck in an elevator with a person from your past. Write this scene.
Funnily enough, I spotted two people from my past yesterday on my train journey home… one girl from my primary school and another from my secondary school. I didn’t speak to either of them though for separate reasons – I haven’t seen the primary school girl pretty much since when we left over ten years ago, so I wouldn’t have a clue what to say or where to start! The reason for not speaking to the secondary school one is because she was a bully who was quite mean and vicious to a lot of other girls – so I have no interest in talking about “the good ol’ times”, when for a lot of people they really weren’t.
Out of the two, for obvious reasons, I’d rather be stuck in a lift with the primary school girl as, from what I can remember, she was a relatively nice person. I think it would be easy to strike up numerous conversations and keep them flowing nicely, since we wouldn’t know how long we’d be stuck in the box for.
However, considering I was stuck in a lift only five days ago (fictionally), I’ve taken to the stairs quite fondly and haven’t been in a lift since… even though it did have a happy ending!
#11: If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.
Well this is easy for me, I’d choose not to read it. I don’t understand why anyone would want to read every single word of their past and their future, which of course would include very happy memories but would inevitably include devastating loss, too? Happiness and loss are unfortunately ever present in every individual’s life, so having to read it from cover to cover would be something I simply couldn’t do. As by reading this book, not only would you have to relive the bad and painful parts of your past but you’d also be delving into the unknown with your future. I very much believe in living for today and in the now (even though planning for the future is obviously vital). Also, in relation to my ‘Quote Me’ post, I believe that everything does indeed happen for a reason and that destiny plays a big role in what happens in the future. I can safely say that I’m very happy not knowing what lies ahead and that I’m very grateful that I have the capability (and now the technology) to revisit the happiest times from my past … no need for the book!