Day 28: Build On Your Popular Content

Today’s assignment: Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post.”

On March 29th, I wrote a post as a follow-up to a writing prompt I did about battling the blues. After reading what many other writers had to say about it, I chose one post that resonated most with me and expanded on it. Though I’m not sure if it was my most popular post, I did receive some genuine comments after posting and I got a few “likes” out of it. “Likes” are great but any time I can get a authentic, heartfelt comment out of somebody, that counts as big points in my book.

So today, here is a follow-up to my follow-up. 😉


Similar to how C.G. Jung discovered his own personal myth by recalling what he most enjoyed doing as a child, I myself carry out the same thought process. It’s not so much as to discover the myth I am living by, (I’m still not sure of that yet) but sometimes I do it just to make sure I’m on the right track. It’s source of validation for me, you know? And so far with what I remember, everything is as it should be. I can say for certain that I am on the right path. Though I haven’t reached my destination yet, there have been many signs along the way that have verified my journey and that it is indeed, headed in the right direction.

Here’s a handful of things I tend to think about:

From my youngest age, I always remember being really into music, reading the liner notes of CDs, getting an incredible joy of learning a song on piano, making up melodies, singing in choir, being enraptured by musicals like AnnieMary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. (I’m still enraptured by these musicals, by the way). I mean, come on! I taught myself guitar at age 14 and no one had to even persuade me to practice. (It’s something my dad still talks about). I cried to my parents junior year telling them how important it was for me to take a Music Theory course for my last year of high school, and as many of you know I now have a BA in Music with concentrations in Music Industry and Music Production.

It may be difficult for others to understand the significance of all these little things I recall. But to me they’re more than significant because ultimately, they amount to who and what I am today. All those memories, all those things I did and songs I sang, tears cried, callouses formed, blisters burst – they’re a part of me. The road I chose was never guaranteed to be an easy ride, but honestly the best roads never are nor should they be. All great myths and stories have the same theme of taking the less traveled path. That is where true adventure lies. That is where we discover the true hero in all of us. Because that’s what we are – We are all the protagonist in our own storylines. Fate is the writer (Or Destiny, God, Jesus, Allah, Universe, Unknown Higher Power, etc – whichever you prefer).

Lately, I’ve been getting down about not being able to find a job. It wasn’t even something I was remotely concerned with when I chose my major. I just wanted to learn all I could about what I loved. But now as about a year’s passed since I’ve started Roe Knows Best, I’ve matured a little and realized facing facts is OKAY. I strive to be an independent and personally responsible individual and getting a job is going to be something I have to do in order to attain that. So I’m looking, searching, seeking guidance. And I’ve had some wonderful helpers along the way thus far.

It’s easy to get upset because the unknown can be so daunting; I accept that. But now that we’re in May, I’ve been noticing a common theme in my 2014 horoscope which has been this: Realize the power you have to turn a situation around. Realize the power you have to change your mindset; If you’re feeling negative, think positive. If you’re feeling worthless, remind yourself how much you are worth. If you’re feeling like a nobody, think back to all the things you’ve accomplished and what you mean to others!

And it’s hard. It’s really hard. And this conscious flipping of emotions works better some days than others. But what’s most important is, I have to remind myself that it can’t be done overnight. It takes practice. Even if you’re able to fool yourself for five minutes that things aren’t that bad before you turn back around to seek shelter in your negative wallow, that’s okay. It’s like lifting weights. If you’ve never lifted before, you can’t possibly expect to lift 50 lbs with ease. You have to work up to it: Start with freeweights, than 5 lbs, 10 lbs. Then one day, it won’t be so hard to lift the 50.

And when it comes down to it, you’ll be all the more stronger because of it. Even if it takes a little time.

Today I feel stronger than I did a year ago. And because of that, I think I’ll lift my head a little higher.

The sky is so blue today, the breeze so inviting. Why not take part?

 

Day 17: Increase Your Commenting Confidence

Today’s assignment: Read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.”

Today I read posts from by LRose, WANGSGARD, A picture is worth 1000 words, cateritforward,  tunnel forks, and Library de Alexandria. I left comments on the last two because I really related with their posts, especially tunnel forks’s post, “The Happy Pill”.

She spoke about how her constant overthinking would lead her to sadness. I’ve been there too, many times. You kinda feel paralyzed. It’s like the rejection of the past, the stagnant nature of present, and the hesitance about the future all roll into one and all of a sudden, you can’t move. You just don’t know what to do with yourself, so you sink.

She said once her medicine helped alleviate her doubts and anxieties, she felt more upbeat and even compelled to complete a coloring book. I love that. I think that’s so great.

After Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Jung discovered the presence of the collective unconscious mind (archetypes and mythological worlds) existed in all individuals, he soon after asked himself, what myth was he living by? He thought back and tried to remember what was the one thing he really enjoyed as a child. When he was given time alone to play and be by himself as a boy, what was the one thing he loved doing? He then remembered, he loved to make little villages out of sticks and stones. So being a full-grown adult at this point, he decided to revert back to his childhood and do the same – but on a much grander scale. He bought a piece of property near a lake and began to build what is now known as the Bollingen Tower. And so in this fashion, he built a house with his own two hands, very much in the tradition of the little villages he built as a boy.

I think coloring books could hold a similar function today. I mean, of course everyone’s different but I think most kids grew up with coloring books and have a certain familiarity about them. And I’m not saying that to discover your own myth and bring some clarity unto your life, you have to now buy a canvas and paint. But maybe…If coloring books were really your thing as a kid, who knows? It’s definitely worth a try. Why not?

Coloring books are great because there is no wrong answer, it isn’t difficult to do, any color you choose is the right choice, and everything looks so pretty when you’ve finished. Colors are also great. They give life to the world! Without colors, it’d all just be black and white. Classic, but kinda dreary after awhile.

When you add color to something, you’re bringing it to life. It’s also strangely therapeutic because your mind suddenly becomes eased by the back and forth movement of the crayon, marker, colored pencil, etc. Everything that bothered you yesterday seems irrelevant and melts away as easily as the colored wax could in your hand.

So move over. Next time I open my coloring book, I’m bringing my Crayola 96-pack. That’s how it should be done 🙂

 

 

Day 16: Make A Writing Prompt Your Own

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.”

First off, can I just say how excited I am that I’m over the halfway mark?! 2 more weeks and I’m done with this 30 Day Challenge!

The Daily Prompt hyperlinked in the original Zero To Hero 30 Day Challenge post was originally from January 17th, so I’ve decided to sub that with today’s (March 28) Daily Prompt:

We all feel down from time to time. How do you combat the blues? What’s one tip you can share with others that always helps to lift your spirits?

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Well to be honest, the blues are my specialty. I think I feel a different shade of them every day. Last night I was feeling a bluish-black blues that only felt more weighted with the glasses of wine I drank with dinner. It’s funny because it’s raining now and you’d think I feel down about it, but I actually like when it rains and I’m home. It’s a cozy feeling.

But when I do feel down and the coziness has evaporated these things have helped me get out of my slump:

  1. Listening to music – Whether it’s a Saves The Day record or Into It. Over It.’s 52 Weeks on cassette, music calms my mind and just allows me to kind of wallow in my emotions a little bit. Sometimes a fever needs to be sweated out, and sometimes you have to let the emotions you’re feeling run their course before you can pick yourself back up again. About a week ago I was feeling down so I went in my room, put on Under The Boards, turned the lights off, opened my shades to watch the moon, and just laid there listening. And yeah, sometimes I cry a little too. I can’t be ashamed about that. I’m only human.
  2. Listening to Joseph Campbell lectures – A friend of mine got me into this. He tends to listen to them in his sleep, but I can’t do that. My headphones come off, I end up sleeping on them or they end up around my neck, and then I get upset that I don’t remember which part of the lecture I dozed off at. – It’s not quite comfortable for me. But I do listen to them during the day – When I’m cooking, doing laundry, drying my hair, etc. Joseph Campbell’s words have a knack of lifting my spirits and putting me on the right path again. He never fails.
  3. Baking – My mom put away our Kitchen Aid mixer since the holiday baking season is pretty much over, but when it was still in full swing I started really taking off making dairy-free and gluten-free goodies. I love baking and cooking because it ignites that creative fire that’s in me. I get a lot of pleasure out of making something everyone likes, that everyone can share and enjoy. It’s very therapeutic and I feel accomplished and productive afterwards.
  4. Watching TV – Certain shows that automatically put me in a good mood are FrasierThe Golden Girls, Moyers & Company, anything on The Food Network, and practically any Star Trek episode. These shows just lift my spirits, make me laugh, and/or keep me engaged. I guess in the end, it’s a nice distraction and keeps my mind off any problem I may be going through at the time.
  5. Writing songs – Even just writing out the lyrics help. It takes the thoughts floating around my head and puts them on paper so I can stare back at them, decipher them, make sense of it all. I’ve been doing this since I before I was even a teenager, ever since that Good Charlotte S/T came out. That album really pulled me into songwriting. There’s nothing more cathartic than honest and open songwriting, whether you end up sharing the song with anyone or not.
  6. Playing guitar – Playing my own songs help, but sometimes it’s just good to belt out an Oasis cover and sing “Don’t Go Away” at the top of your lungs. Or even turning to open D and finding weird chords. I like that too.
  7. Venting it out on WordPress – When worse comes to worst and none of the above seems to be working for me, I end up writing something emo on here. Sometimes it feels good to just get the feelings out somewhere where you know maybe someone will read it and come across it, maybe even relate to it a little bit. Whether someone likes it or comments on it is irrelevant. Similar to how writing a song for me feels, this is similar except I know I will have a potential immediate audience. Even if it’s one person, that’s okay for me.
  8. Getting a good night’s sleep – Sometimes that all it takes. Tuck in early and get some restful shut-eye. Sleep is how your body and mind heal. There’s nothing like waking up and feeling completely refreshed.

If these work for you too, that’s awesome. I’m glad we share some commonalities. But at the end of the day, my suggestion to overcoming the blues is to find something that makes you happy and do it. Life is all about balance – You can’t have up without down and down without up. This goes for both gravity and emotions. The blues will come, the blues will go – like the wind. No one likes feeling down and out. Such is the emotional nature of human beings. The blues are nothing to be afraid of, they’re just a natural part of life. And I believe we can get through them together. 🙂