Louise Ramos | Week 2 of 15 Days of Writing True: Being Happy
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Week 2 of 15 Days of Writing True: Being Happy

I often hear the words: Be happy. Or worse, during days of bad episodes, people (and even to myself at times) ask “Why can’t you just be happy?” But even more often, this is easier said than done. All it takes though is a decision–the decision to do so, and be. It was a rough first week but when I finally let go of things weighing me down, I learn that being happy is not in things, or circumstances, or even luck. It starts and ends with you.

On my 2nd week of writing true, I found myself writing more about positive thoughts and recalling happy memories. I even find myself looking forward to the days to come–something I dreaded thinking about then. Honestly, I was not as happy as I sounded when I was writing entries for that week. But the decision to evoke a happier mood was a great plus, and eventually led me there. I figured it takes too long to wait for happiness (or even inspiration): you build your own bridge, and you cross it.


Day 6: Telling The Story of a Word


Day 7: Discovering Moments of Truth by Finding New Words


Day 7 was one of my favorite days. A lot of times in eventful moments, I longed for words to describe how things and emotions are, but there are just none of them. Like how there is no direct English word for kilig, and butterflies in your stomach just won’t cut it.

Day 8: Getting Over Roadblocks By Choosing Wise Distractions and Day 9: Writing Letters


Day 8 was supposed to be a break–a no writing day. I decided to sketch and paint a little. Something for mother’s day, I said. Coincidentally, the next day was for writing letters. So I decided to combine the two. I was never that close with my mom. I’m a proud daddy’s girl. This exercise though proves how letters would always get you to write true. It was all over the place, but real. I felt like a preschooler again tasked to bring home a handwritten thing, with a star stamp to boot afterwards. I’m proud of the piece and the person I gave it to.

Day 10: Revisions, or Seeing With New Eyes


Crossing down lines and highlighting some has got to be one of the best feelings ever. Being your own critic lets you learn so much more.

Overall, I loved that the week was entitled “Adventure.” Like it’s just the start of things, despite being 2/3 of the way in. And constantly reminding myself that happiness is found in the adventure, just like in this module. Not the destination. Even to today, I re-do the activities for days 6 and 7. They’re good writing prompts for when I feel the want (and need) to write again. It calms me, and forces me to unload thoughts and replace them with happy ones.

Read my Week 1 of 15 Days of Writing True: Being Brave.
For more information on the workshop, you can visit 15daysofwritingtrue.com.

Stay Gold Lou

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