Ewww! Another acronym? Not an educational one, pleeze!
No, it’s just short for “what I really want” which is a writing exercise a girl friend and I re-invented last week. I send a calendar notice early Wednesday morning to us, saying “Welcome to our six-week WIRW. Today, write for 10 minutes to the prompt, “What I really want.” Save your response.
This is week two. We email or text each other. K. wrote, “I am so new at our writing. I don’t have a pattern yet. I just know that I am surprised that I really like it.”
“I started out with very simple statements and by the end I was doing paragraphs and the last one gave me clarity on an issue that had been bugging me.”
Our plan is to get together after the 6 weeks and share what we discovered.
I do my free write on keyboard, with my phone timer, then save and close the doc, without re-reading it. Interesting to notice that I really get to the point at about the 9.5 minute mark, then scramble to write that. But now, just thinking about this little practice, I am growing curious to know what I wrote so far.
This writing exercise came out of a conversation we were having about how, in our point on the great number line of human life, people often start asking themselves, “What do I have to look forward to?” Not a good question, really. A better question, especially for someone who has spent a lifetime pleasing others, is to ask, “What do I really want?”