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Prompt Six

Monday December 28, 2009

Write for 10 minutes using “I used to think” as your starter.

I used to think a lot of things.  Good, optimistic things mostly.  Things like hard work always pays and most people are  reasonable if you just take the time to listen.  Now I know different.  I know that these are the kinds of things you can’t count on.  They might be true somewhere, but certainly not everywhere.  Not here.

Here I’ve learned new things.  Things that are nowhere close to optimistic.  Now I think that scared people are scary, that sometimes people lie just because they can and that pretending you don’t care is not the same as actually not caring.  I am certain that, in spite of any effort on my part,  there are people in the world that I will never be able to come close to understanding.

I’m pretty sure I used to feel better about the world, but I’m also sure that now I feel closer to it.

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