Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

Ordinary Everyday Quotidian 720What could be more boring?

That’s the first thing I think of when I think of “ordinary.” Ho-hum, routine, nondescript, boring, normal (though that’s a bit more reasonable), For me, things that are ordinary lack pizzazz. They lack the excitement that makes things that are out of the ordinary interesting.

I don’t want my life to be ordinary. I want my life to be different, exciting,

But I also don’t want to be some kind of drama queen, for whom even making a pan of scrambled eggs is fraught with peril. Neither do I have any desire to climb Mount Everest (though I wouldn’t mind visiting Antarctica).

I’m sure most people think their lives are ordinary. Mine is.


What’s Five Minute Friday?

A blog-prompt project dreamt up by LisaJo Baker, which you can read about here. The basic idea is that you spend five minutes of writing, generally unedited (I correct typos, WAY too OCD not to do that), on a prompt that she provides just after ten p.m. via a tweet, then spread the word, and link up. Interested? Join up. Enjoy a delightful assortment by clicking on the picture to the right, or here.

10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

    • I know, this was a really hard week for me. And then I read some other posts, and I almost wanted to take this one down. I don’t want to be ordinary, and yet this was the most ordinary post I’ve written in a while. Yuck. Ha!

      I love scrambled eggs. Over easy are the ones that terrify me. Now, that’s drama.

  1. Beautiful! (Also, excellent use of “pizzazz” – that’s a sadly under appreciated member of the English language!)

  2. I wrestle with the idea of ordinary. It is such a belittling word, isn’t it? It belittles the small things that enrich our lives, rather than seeing how these same things can be a comfort, security or evidence of an investment in long-term relationships. Anyway, I’m glad you posted today (and left it up).

    • I’ll tell you, I read some really great entries today, and that always makes me feel insignificant. But that’s the beauty of the Five Minute Friday concept. There’s so many ways to think about the prompt. I was tempted to ditch this post, but really, not everything is going to be Nobel Laureate worthy. Some posts are just more ordinary. That’s just part of the writing life.

  3. I long for “ordinary”, I deeply desire “boring”, “routine” and “normal”. To reach that place of calmness in my life, in security in my circumstances and peacefulness of my existence is my goal. How I envy those who have “ordinary” lives.

    • I certainly can see your point. There must be some kind of balance. I don’t want to go back to the chaos of my bi-polar nightmare. But I don’t like how shopping at Wal-Mart seems to be the alternative.

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