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Blogoff post: Survivor

July 5, 2007

Welcome to blogoff number 2 – this time there are no eliminations, no voting off the island, everyone will survive. Just like the song!

I’m pleased about that. I hated the eliminations, seeing a friendly voice disappear each week. This blogoff is much more inclusive but with 21 people playing the game, we will have a lot of words to read each week. And its great to welcome new people amongst the now familiar bloggers. All the bloggers are listed in the menu under ‘Blogoff Participants.’ Please pay them a visit.

I was surprised that I was a survivor for so long during the last competition. I’m not known for my survival skills. Leave me on an island, and I’d probably starve, go bonkers or both. I’d be totally consumed by chocolate cravings, and would probably start hallucinating, imagining that everything around me is turning to chocolate… just like the Cadbury commercial. Maybe I’d come to my senses just as I start gnawing on the palm tree. But maybe not.

While I don’t think I’d cope very well if I was alone on an island or in the jungle, its not the being alone bit that I would mind. I often crave solitude. Especially after a day at work where I’ve been surrounded by noise all day, the constant chatter, the voices raising, the endless voices on the end of the telephone. Sometimes I just want silence when I get home. A chance for my mind to rest, for my ears to relax, and for my tongue to be still. Perhaps that’s why the internet is so alluring – I can converse with fingers on the keyboard, and there is no accompanying white noise.

All I need to cope with the solitude is pen and paper. Or a laptop. Although I guess a laptop wouldn’t last long on an island – unless it came with a solar charged battery.

Have you ever felt that your life is just about survival? Each day blends into another, and you constantly get a feeling of deja vu, because you’ve done exactly the same thing the day before. My life is flashing before my eyes, and I have nothing to mark one day off from the next. I’m spending a lot of extra time at work, and the collage poetry is not happening, the writing isn’t happening, I’ve barely got it together to even write this post. But I keep telling myself I will survive. It’s a temporary phase that I’m going through. And in three weeks time, I’ll be on holidays, and travelling to Byron Bay Writers Festival. Until then, I have to survive. I’ve already paid for the ticket.

This is the second blogoff organised by Courtney at Five Second Dance Party. Raising money towards breast cancer research, for four weeks we blog on a one word topic. If you would like to make a donation to the cause, click on the banner at the top of the post which will take you to Courtney’s fundraising page.
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