On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today, write about finding something.
Tell us about the time you retrieved your favorite t-shirt from your ex. Or when you accidentally stumbled upon your fifth-grade journal in your parents’ attic. Or how about the moment you found out the truth about a person whose history or real nature you thought you’d figured out. Interpret this theme of “finding something” however you see fit.
Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined.
You could pick up the action where you stopped, or jump backward or forward in time. You might write about the same topic, but use a different style, or use the same style to tackle a neighboring topic.
Not sure how to approach continuity? Here’s a time-tested tip: pick a favorite book or two. Read the last page of chapter one, then the first page of chapter two. How did the author choose to connect these two separate-but-connected narrative units?
In the last installment of a cereal killer I had lost everything: my freedom, my joy, my laughter, my love of country, any trust I had for my family, any notion that I was “free” in any way. If everything is lost and is not coming back, what is there to find? There are small things, and thin comfort they are, but they exist nonetheless.
By losing everything by being a ti you gain the knowledge that everything is not as it seems in life and you are forced to walk around awake and not asleep. The new knowledge you gain is painful and unpleasant as you see the nice little world around you crumble and ugly realities take their place. No one is who they seem to be. You cannot trust the news anymore, you cannot worship celebrities anymore. Amusements don’t seem fun anymore if there are lots of people there. You begin to see the multitude of amusements around you as stupifying activities for the hypnotized masses. They go to amusements to waste time and get their pocketbooks raped. Even simple passtimes like walking and visiting a library or museum are ruined by the presence of law enforcement and guards everywhere along with aircraft that dog you from the sky and of course the perps. This is a thin recompense for your past life but at least its real.
You get a keen painful awareness that people are taking all kinds of trouble and time to get ahead in life but that if will give them nothing. They attend school after school to attain degrees they will never use, or, if they use them at all they will work beneath their potential in a soul stealing job that they will probably lose due to layoffs or whatever whim the “boss” decides to use to get rid of them. The few that succeed will have their souls (yes their souls) demanded of them if they wish to continue to be successful. Some good people slip by and work hard in their fields all their life to be laid off with months to retirement and nothing to show for it. Others will retire with some money only to have a long illness take it all away. The only ones who grow rich and keep their money and toys are the evil ones. Everyone else ends up in the poorhouse or in very lean circumstances otherwise. This knowledge brings you nothing. The perps even stop you when you try to learn something online to try and “get ahead”. To learn for the sake of learning and not earning and for personal use and not economic use is a new concept for many,
You realize any happy or joyful moments are rare and do not return. That any joy does not come from the amusements THEY provide but from God. The hollow laughter at a sitcom, the scream on the roller coaster, or wild applause at a rock concert are plastic. Did you ever get the feeling at a concert that you were there and supposed to be enjoying it but you didn’t and you felt crowded out and miserable in the dark amongst people you would cross the street to avoid? You try to whoop and cheer and forget about it but the whole thing was plastic. Did you leave the concert feeling cheated, almost raped? I have. I never shared that. People brag about being at this concert or that, but the actual experience sucked. There is more real joy in watching a bird fly or lightning in a storm.
The loss of family is real and cannot be replaced though. How can you replace it? If you have God in your heart and a relationship with Him, He can love you in the absence of family. You still can’t replace family, though.