Writing 101#3: One -Word inspiration

Prompts come in many different forms. Sometimes a single word is all you need to get your mind’s wheels turning. Here are six words:







Select one word in this list that speaks to you in some way.Have you always wanted to write about that wrong decision you made? Are you a long-term traveler looking for the right city to settle? Do you want to write about your relationship?

Regret is the word I feel speaks to me.

Although I think I’ve made right decisions in my life, my mind tells me I did not. Not working hard enough in primary and high school is one of the regrets, I have. I did not try to see what I could have accomplished if I were a little more careful in my studies earlier in life. I was happy getting passing grades without making any sincere efforts.

It is said,”Time and tide waits for no one” I heard it several times, I even loved repeating it. What I did not do is take a closer look and find out what message was  I getting from these few words.

I wanted to have a good education, I knew this was what  my parents wanted. I did accomplish this ambition. Still something tells me I should have listened to my uncle, who once told me, “Ranu you should study Philosophy.” I heard what he said but didn’t care enough to know what the subject was all about. I studied History instead, maybe I was good in remembering dates, which probably is  the reason why I opted to study   History.

Now when I look back I feel I did not make the right decision. When I read about Philosophers I find so much joy knowing, how they  entertained us with their knowledge and are continuing to do so despite the fact they are no longer among the living.

I have realized what I could have done when I was a student, the fact that I didn’t makes me unhappy sometimes.

I am happy  I got the opportunity to study about Iqbal  through online courses and Tagore,when I started blogging. Both were great philosophers in their time!

Dear participants and blogger friends, I’d love to get your feedback about my post. Thank you!

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14 thoughts on “Writing 101#3: One -Word inspiration

  1. The feeling of regret is something we all share as humans. I mean there is always the choice we should have made; that word we should have said; that relationship we should have walked away from; that story we could’ve written; that exam we could have done better in; that child we could have done a better job of bringing up; that idea that we should have build upon before somebody else became a star at doing it…the list is endless. Thank God in your case you did graduate and didn’t drop out. And History is not a bad idea, i think Philosophy lends from history to help humanity. I did enjoy reading the story of your educational journey. A good piece to wake up some young dude who is not giving a damn about what the future holds. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I like this post Ranu.
    My teacher in school, when I was in class 8th also suggested me to take Philosophy as a subject.
    My family forced me to take Mathematics due to obvious constraints and I ended up being Engineer. Now I am retired and free to study whatever I want to.

    I hope you will find solace. You write well.

    Best Wishes,

    Anand 🙂

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  4. Dear Ranu,

    What a nice post this is! We like how you reflect back on life.

    We can all look back – like you have here – and note how we had opportunities, and how we could have perhaps done things differently. Maybe this is the ripening that comes with growing older :-).

    All good wishes,


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