I’ve not done the prompt for a while and when I saw mighty as this week’s prompt I immediately shied away.

But as I laid there at not even 7 am with a three year old on my chest, having already cleaned up the piss he spread liberally across the beds (his and mine) this morning… And then followed that with feeding the cats, knowing that today can either be terrible (like yesterday) or awesome (please be awesome), I realised….

I am mighty.

Well, maybe not me persay, but we are mighty.

Writers are mighty.

Last year, I decided to try to read more… And read about six books. I’m always up for a competition so this year, I’m going to try and beat my pathetic six by reading seven, or eight, Or bloody hell, over ten.

So far I’ve read three.

The art of tidying up by Marie Kondo was a life changing read really. It made me reduce my wardrobe to practically nothing and rid my house of 21 bags of rubbish… And that’s just after step one. Now, I still live in a shithole because even the kids can pick up the hypocrisy in trying to persuade them to put their toys away while I’m still in my pyjamas at 3 in the afternoon, but now I don’t have clothes festooning everything like knicker shaped banners; little testimonies to my housekeeping failures. I’ve still failed to follow through the next step because it means parting with my book collection and even though I don’t read as much as I should, I really like to buy books like any normal, sane person.

Book 2 was Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland and it made me think about timelines and how atrocities can have an impact that spreads like wildfire, a mass ripple-effect of profound sadness and beautiful solidarity which spans both time and space. It was a topical and painful read and a stark reminder of how life can change in an instant.

Book three was How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. I love her. Love, love, love. Her book said everything I have wanted to say for years about women and feminism. About how some of the neuroses we have is not of our own making but made by the pressures on women to be this thing or that thing or fit in this box or that box. How we have to try so much fucking HARDER at everything just to get by.

But it doesn’t stop there… At these three books I’ve managed to read so far this year. Oh no. Influence and might goes so much further. You don’t even have to look much further beyond a group of bloggers to see how much might writers have, how much force, power and influence.

What you write can change lives and can change minds. Even if it’s just urging one person to consider how they see feminism, or how they sort out their socks or how they deal with timelines in a story, it matters.

We are mighty.


9 thoughts on “Mighty

  1. Marie Kondo’s book is really intriguing me. I would never ever buy a book like that (even I think I do protest too much), but I keep coming across her ideas and the impact they’re having on people’s lives, and I’m drowning in stuff, and my way of keeping it under control doesn’t appear to be working… perhaps I should buy the book. Although I feel I could probably get the gist in a pamphlet? What do you think?

    1. I think you could probably get the basics from blog posts online about how to actually DO the cleaning. However, Marie Kondo goes into detail about why we hoard and how to let go of the stuff in a way which sounds a bit airy-fairy when you first read it but actually makes a lot of sense. The book helped me understand the whole “sparking joy” thing much better and I felt a lot more inspired after reading the book than I did after my initial online searches. I was extremely desperate for help to get it under control though, so probably would have paid for and consumed an extremely expensive boxset if it meant I would stop feeling like the mess in the house was going to eat my face.

  2. You are absolutely right, what we write does matter, whether one person or a thousand ‘get it’, it matters. Love the sentiment behind this, we are mighty!! Wonderful to see you back on #ThePrompt, thank you so much for sharing this xx
    PS. I must, must finish the Marie Kondo book, I’m in the middle of How to Build a Girl, will add How to be a Woman to my list, and I’m going to have to check out the Douglas Coupland, love his books… My to-read list just keeps growing 🙂

    1. I know. People keep on recommending great books and I binge read (two or three over one weekend then nothing for months) so I find I never have time to catch up really. X

  3. Your post was very heartfelt and I remember those times when mine were young and there was no peace and SO much to do but as I am sure others will or have told you – treasure this time as they grow up so fast and then you wish you could have it all back – yes seriously you will have those thoughts!!! I’ve also decided to read much more this year and have been doing quite well so far – you just realise what a lot of good writers there are out there and as you say how mighty is their craft 🙂 Lovely to meet through the linky Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

    1. Thank you! Lovely to meet you too. I do love the time we get to chill out together (when they’re all getting along!). They’re already growing up far too fast! There are so many talented people out there.

  4. Great Post! I’ve not read any books this year but have tried to read (and write) more blog posts. You are right what you read can have such an impact on a person.

    1. Thank you! I’ve stopped reading now in favour of writing more “novels” but I’m hoping to get back to it in May. Good luck with your blogging!

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