Themes for Life, Themes for Writing

Last Thursday, as part of a 5-week WriteUP Creative Writing class on the subject of story themes, I asked my students to think about the themes of various times in their lives. In order to fully explain what I meant, I carried out the exercise myself beforehand, reflecting on the themes of my own life. It was a very interesting and illuminating exercise. Now my obsession to write about various subjects makes perfect sense to me!

So, here are the themes I came up with.

1. It doesn’t pay to try to force expressions of love.
Sums up my relationship with my dad as a teenager.

2. You need to revisit the fire in order to put it out.
Revisiting the place I lived at with an ex two years after he’d thoroughly broken my heart. I wept buckets, but it was so cathartic!

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3. Your best will never seem quite good enough, but your best is all you can give.
Being a mum.

4. When the time is right, he will come.
Finding my man – my safe harbour.

5. You can’t always keep going forward – sometimes you have to stop and just be.
Learning to enjoy the moment as  new mum.

6. To get where you want to go to, sometimes you have to approach from a different direction.
Facing realities of being a writer.

7. Sometimes the simplest things give the greatest happiness.
The huge importance of nature and the natural environment to my well being.

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8. You have to be able to cope with being completely alone in order to be able to really connect with other people in a happy, healthy way.
Learning to be self-sufficient and strong as my broken heart healed.

9. You can change your life, but you always take yourself with you.
Oh, how many times have I moved! It’s been exciting, but I’ve still been me, even when I deliberately moved in an attempt to have a clean slate. Although at times a new environment and new challenges brought hidden parts of me to the fore. Quite content to stay put now though!

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Being entrepreneurial seems to be the current theme of my life.

How about you? What have been some  the themes of your life? Or what’s your current life theme? 

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3 thoughts on “Themes for Life, Themes for Writing

  1. These are all great themes and life lessons. Right now I guess my current theme would be trying to make it in the big world as an adult now that I’m officially out of school.

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