Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Back

Today I’m joining a talented group of writers at Five Minute Friday. This community connects each Friday in an online, unedited free-write based on a one-word prompt. My timer is set for 5 minutes. Let’s see where this week’s prompt—BACK—leads me.

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Right now, in this very moment, my days are focused on the word “back.” In a variety of ways, yes. But because of one distinct meaning for this word. 

First of all, I think of back, and I think of making a comeback. I really want to come back to writing more. More of anything–essays, memoir shorts, perhaps my memoir–I just want to write. And I haven’t done much of that for almost four years. Why?

When I toy with the word “back,” I also think of the last almost four years. The chronic pain in my lower back and legs kept me distracted, unable to focus, therefore unable to write. At least that’s how I’ve experienced it. It might be different for others, but then it’s my back, my pain, my experience I’m writing about now.

So, following surgery in March, I’ve been working hard to come back from that almost four years. I’m not there yet. There’s more rehab to get through, more progress to make, more fog and darkness to push through, and more prayers to pray and patience to learn.

When I’ve accomplished all this, with God’s help, I’m certain I’ll be ready for a comeback to so many things, but most of all, to the joy of writing.

 

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11 Replies to “Five Minute Friday Link-Up :: Back”

  1. Hi Sherrey! Praying for your back and your comeback! And praying you find the ability to write again!

    1. Hi Kara, so sorry to be slow on commenting back. My PT on Wednesday was stepped up a level, and I’m paying for it in sore muscles and some minor aches and pains. Thanks so much for your prayers, and the writing juices are churning. So good to see you this week, and have a good weekend.

  2. So good to hear that you are progressing – getting stronger and feeling ready for a comeback! Hope your rehab continues to go well….moving forward and not “back”!

    1. Hello Jennifer, as I told Kara above, we reached a new level at PT and I’m paying for the extra push. But that’s what makes progress grow. Obviously my PT is going forward with only a small downturn for sore muscles and minor aches. Have a good rest of your weekend.

  3. Sherrey, I totally understand the desire to get back to writing! I hope you’ll be able to do that soon. As for the back pain, that’s definitely a distraction on so many levels. I’m glad you are making progress and pray that you’ll be “back” very soon!

    1. Susan, thank you for your gracious words and prayers.

  4. Karen Stevens Gura says:

    omigoodness, sherrey, i just came back to check in after a long time and had no idea this was all going on. may you heal and get through this! i’m so sorry for the pain you’ve endured.

    1. OMG, it’s you! So glad to “see” you here. It’s been so long. I’ve often thought of you, and am ashamed to say I just thought and didn’t email or anything. So glad you came by today. Thanks for your positive words for my recovery.

  5. Karen Stevens Gura says:

    p.s. i too enjoy writing (though i haven’t done nearly as much as you) and appreciate your tips and resources now that i’m perusing your site. since we’ve both been legal secretaries, it helps me to envision more easily the route to writing (if that makes sense)

    1. I remember your enjoyment of writing. As noted in this post, I haven’t done much in the last four years and have a completed memoir manuscript sitting in a writing studio Bob built. If you haven’t looked at the tab The Writing Studio, please do! Of course, I haven’t spent much time out there; I’ve not been able to navigate the path to it.

      You have given me affirmation in this comment that I am providing good content for those wishing to grow more involved in writing or for those seeking help along the way. And your last sentence makes great sense! Thanks again for stopping by!

  6. Karen Stevens Gura says:

    i DID see it and you are fortunate indeed to have a studio! 🙂

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