Cruising

My blogging friend Erika challenged me to take part in the Freestyle Writing Challenge again and I think she might have done it on purpose because we seem to have the same “issues”. English isn’t my first language and writing something in a specific time without being able to edit it is for sure a challenge. Although I have to say that I sometimes sit down and write my posts and press publish right away (which you might have guessed probably by now…). So usually not much editing on this side ;-). Well then, here we go. First of all to the rules:

1. Open a blank document.
2. Set a stop watch timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever length you prefer.
3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!
4. Once you start writing do not stop until the alarm sounds!  Do not cheat by going back and correcting spelling and grammar using spell check (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write with correct spelling and grammar.)
5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation or capitals
6. At the end of your post write down the number of words to give an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
7. Put the whole document onto your post and nominate 5 others and give them a new topic. Remember to copy paste the rules in!

The topic I was given is “When I get into my car…” and this is what I came up with:

When I get into my car I usually buckle up first. That is if I don’t have to reverse first. But putting on the seat belt is for sure the very first thing I do. If I’m the car on my own I put my favorite music on, usually connect the iPhone to the car’s radio and play my favorite playlist. That doesn’t work when the kids are with me as they usually choose which music will be played. Yep, we are already at this point… at least they have really good taste and so I don’t mind as much.

So if I’m in the car on my own I tend to let my mind go a little bit without losing focus on what’s happening in front, on the side or behind me of course. I often remember the times I used to drive from one event to the next back home in Switzerland when I was still single. I used to work for a number of sports events all over Switzerland. I spent a lot of time in my car, believe me! The time in the car was my time to relax or my time to prepare mentally for a presentation. It was my time to listen to music and dream a little bit and sometimes, when it was really busy it was also the time for me to catch up on a couple of phone calls. Oh don’t get me wrong, I was not breaking any laws. I had a hands free system installed in my car back then (and now too).

Driving places is still the time to relax for me, even if I’m in a rush. It’s that little moment when I have everything to myself. When I’m in control of what I listen too and when I can sing as loud as I want. And sometimes I even talk to myself… Yep. I do that. Now frankly: Have you ever talked to yourself? Have you ever had a conversation with yourself? I do that sometimes. Especially when I have an important conversation coming up. It’s kind of like rehearsing. It’s what I’ve done for the events and the presentations years ago or when I had job interviews. I rehearsed in the car. Just with myself. When I’m cruising along I get myself to a place where I can analyze things and make a map in my mind of the things that I might encounter the rest of the day. Of course sometimes everything ends up being totally different and not according to plan. The questions I had rehearsed for won’t be asked but different ones instead of them. But it’s okay. Because I got myself to a place where I felt comfortable and confident. Where I had my nerves under control and knew that I was able to do it. Without a doubt.

When I get into my car I know I will not always end up somewhere totally different. Still it takes me somewhere. Physically or mentally. Talking to myself or singing out loud.

Word count: 510 (wow!)
Time: 10min

Hey, that was fun πŸ™‚ I hope you don’t think I’m coo-coo just because I talk to myself… and if you do… oh well… I love the Minions too, you know… and sometimes when I’m in the car I remember that one Minion that goes “Bee Doo Bee Doo” or something… and I sit there and go “Bee Doo Bee Doo…”. Maybe I’m slightly coocoo πŸ˜‰ Anyway…

Here are the bloggers I’d like to challenge:

Perspectives on…
Our Rumbling Ocean
Cornfedcontessa
Fill Your Own Glass
Tinyexpat

Now, ladies, get ready. Get your timer ready and open your word document. Are you ready? Have you decided on the amount of time? Are you sure you followed the rules? Just quickly check them again. Okay? Good. Now. Check your timer again and when you feel ready scroll down. Here comes your topic:

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Are you ready?

Sure?

Okay…

Quickly warm up your fingers…

Maybe massage your hands…

Gently warm up your neck.

Remember not to tighten your muscles. Especially not in your shoulders or in your neck…

Maybe move those shoulders a little bit….

Now here is your topic:

What if? (I knew you would like it… Can’t wait to ready what you are writing about…)

10 thoughts on “Cruising

  1. Wow, that was amazing! You reached the highest word count I have ever seen in this challenge. Amazing. I did not see any typo (ok, what does it mean … haha). I love what you wrote and can totally relate to this from the music the kids are playing when they are in the car to the self-talks… I knew you would be perfect for this challenge. Thank you for participating!

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  2. That was enjoyable, and I can surely relate. My car, and the ability to get in and drive off alone, has saved me on many occasions. I sing, play the radio, talk to myself, reason with myself, work out issues. I always come back with a different perspective. My mother, growing up a city girl in Philadelphia, never learned to drive. She was housebound with 6 children. No wonder she had mental health issues ! If you took away my car/ ability to drive, I’d never have survived my 20’s ! Thanks for a fun read. Your English…is flawless ! ☺ Van

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