Say What You Want to Say

Writing 101- Free Write

This is my response to the first prompt of Writing 101. The word ‘free write’ triggered my mind to write on being footloose and fancy free.

As a kid, I read a lot of books. In one of the series I so avidly read, the protagonist, who was a first grader, was once introduced to the phrase ‘footloose and fancy free’. She was asked to remain footloose and fancy free when she quite adamantly wanted to be like an adult and to be treated like one. Being a naive, crazy little kid, she thought that the phrase reminded her of a wrinkly, loose pantyhose, and made no sense whatsoever.  I was just as puzzled as her and was curious as to what exactly it could mean. As the story progressed, I came to know that it meant ‘to be able to do what one pleases’ or being carefree, without any responsibilities. It didn’t strike me as that profound of a thing at that time because I barely knew how to count to a hundred.

I didn’t have the slightest clue that being footloose and fancy free described what exactly I was back then! Now, being just that seems to be a skill, that so many of us have sadly lost. A lot of successful people have grown to be independent and do what seems right to them, which has allowed them to achieve great heights. Perhaps inculcating the same motto in ourselves,  taking our 5 year old self as an inspiration would help monumentally.

We all need to set free the ideas and opinions from the little box in our minds where they’re trapped. We’ve got to say what we want to say and do want we want to do.

Check out the crazy, naive little kid here 🙂

Writing 101, Day 1.