The essence of this weekly writing practice of Five Minute Friday: Five minutes on a weekly prompt, no editing, just free-flowing words and stream-of-consciousness. And a supportive writing community hosted by Kate Motaung – head over to fiveminutefriday.com to learn more.
Twenty years ago I was in my 20s. What an odd statement, mostly because it makes me feel so old! Although I wouldn’t go back to my 20s – let me make that clear – it was quite a decade of change. I graduated from college; taught school; volunteered in youth ministry and college ministry and bilingual kids’ ministry; pursued a different calling to seminary and counseling; got married; and lived in Chicago, South Carolina, and Philadelphia. I look back at my 20s as a decade of discovery – discovering who God made me (and who I wasn’t), who God was calling me to share life with, and how I wanted to serve the broken world in which I found myself.
I’m going to be honest: as soon as my timer finished, I felt disappointed in how little I had written and I didn’t want to post this. Yet as someone who believes that vulnerability and imperfection actually creates connection and isn’t a barrier to it – I’m going to publish this post. Some prompts are more inspiring than others, and some days I write more fluidly than others. This is part of the struggle of being and becoming a writer. Too often it’s the polished words that find their way into my hands, and I have to remember that’s rarely where they began. Every book has a humble, often bumbling, beginning. So I’m reminding myself of that with today’s words.
8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Twenty”
Our twenties are a decade of discovery, Heather. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. ~Lisa, FMF #2
Thanks for your encouragement, Lisa!
In my 20’s I discovered, amongst other things, how it was to be a mom, and a single mom at that!
Thanks so much for sharing
Just stopped by from FMF #15
That’s a lot for sure, particularly to navigate in your 20s. Thanks for stopping by!
I was encouraged by your post. Glad you shared. I wished my “decade of discovery” had come earlier for me (even in my twenties) but I was hardheaded, I suppose. But whatever the age, how wonderful when we can really grasp who God has made and what He has created us for…..
My 20’s was a decade of discovery for me to. Oh, dear younger me I have a lot to tell you. I love your insights here.
Visiting today from FMF #28
Yes, definitely … I have a lot I wish I could tell “dear younger me” – thanks for stopping by!