#reverb10: Writing

3 Dec

Leo Babauta


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What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to
your writing — and can you eliminate it?

I saw this prompt in my inbox at 6:00am this morning and I have avoided it all day. I hate it. I’m going to do something very rare, and completely rebel against this prompt and write about what I want to write about. Sorry. I guess this prompt wasn’t contributing to my writing, so I eliminated it.

Last night, I had a dream about my 10 year high school reunion. It is coming up next year and apparently my subconscious is thinking about it. Usually I dream about things that are on my mind: babies, weddings, work, friends, family… but I haven’t thought about the reunion in a while. I have no idea why I dreamed about it, but I did and it was quite interesting…

The first part was a wild costume party at a nightclub. I was really skinny and wearing a super-revealing outfit and getting super wasted. There was no, “Hi _____! So nice to see you! What have you been up to the last 10 years?” We all hung out in our own cliques with our close friends, just like back in high school. When I thought about it more this morning, I realized that facebook has officially ruined high school reunions. I already know what everyone’s up to because I’m “friends” with them on facebook. I won’t need to ask these people what they’ve been up to because I already know via their status updates and photo albums and relationship statuses. There’s that girl who was really popular in high school that I took dance class with and she went on to be a Laker girl. There’s that guy who was always really funny and cool and he still is. There’s my former best friend who always wanted to be an actress and she is still wanting it. So what’s the point of going? I’ll still be socially awkward and too shy to talk to anyone who I haven’t seen in a while. They’ll all know I’m a teacher and I’m married and have dogs and childless, so they won’t have any questions to ask me. If it was like my dream and I’m super skinny and wasted and being re-donk with my real friends (actually, Roxanne was the only real friend there – where were you Michelle, Laura, and Jessica??) then it will be a blast!

Oh, by the way… the second part of the dream was a pot luck at one of the parents’ house the next morning. I brought over a bunch of crock pots full of food in my slutty outfit from the night before. Then I went home to change into a daytime (but still way more revealing than what I usually wear) dress and found out that someone (who I actually did go to high school with) had a huge crush on me. Where does my subconscious come up with this stuff??

Also, my husband had a dream last night that three guys busted in our house with automatic weapons and held us hostage. Then, one guy with a big knife came in our bedroom and had his way with me. Apparently, my husband woke up from this horrific nightmare and hugged me and I shrugged him off in my sleep. Sorry babe.  I love you.

3 Responses to “#reverb10: Writing”

  1. KatherineBee December 3, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    I was totally disappointed by today's prompt too.I think I'm slightly more excited for the reunion since I've moved and don't get to see everyone all the time, but Facebook really has killed it for me. No dreaming of the guy I had a crush on and finding out he has 3 kids. Nope, already know that reality. I really only want to go because I swore I'd be able to do the dance that they do in Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, and I'm determined to do it.Hopefully we're both knocked up and can sit in the corner being uncomfortable together!

  2. Jakeandjess December 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Feel the same about high school reunions and fb, even though I've moved. Let's get wasted anyways and have fun for super cheap. You can still bring your crockpot. Don't know what's up with dreams bc he told me he had a dream about me getting murdered. 😦 at leas he was looking for my killer.On another note I heart you, you're not awkward, and I'm coming home in 2 weeks!

  3. Bethlin December 4, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    Wait, there are RULES for this reverb business? I never would have agreed to participate if I knew we HAD to do this stuff. jeeze. I like the FB-has-destroyed-reunions bit more than I enjoyed writing my response to the prompt. I also think FB has actually made it weirder to reconnect with people. It no longer has that special feeling when someone from 7th grade finds you; I mean, it's not like they tried THAT hard.

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