Here’s a prompt that will make you think. Take your time and be honest with yourself.
First, make a list of ten-to-fifteen words that describe you as a child.
Next, make a list of ten-to-fifteen words that describe you as you are now.
Here’s Your Prompt:
- Write about how the lists are the same. What child-like qualities have you maintained? (Or what adult-like qualities did you possess as a child?) How does it make you feel to know that in some ways, you’ve not changed? Do you wish you were more mature?
- Write about how the lists are different. At what point did you mature? What word was the beginning of the turning point in your life? How do you feel to have lost those child-like qualities? What do you enjoy about being more adult?
- Think about the first word on the list describing your child-self. Why did this word come to mind first? What are some things you said or did that characterize this word?
- Similarly, think about the first word on the list describing your more mature self. Why did this word come to mind first? What are some things you say or do that characterize this word?
- Write a poem, Ode to Yourself. Write it in three parts: the first stanza should describe your child-self and use some of the words on your first list. The last stanza should be about your adult self, and use some of the words on that list. The middle stanza should be a bridge between the two—or a transition—and use words from both lists.