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Last week, I stumbled upon this idea that was started by Lisa-Jo Baker. It is called “5 Minute Friday”. The concept is simple: each week she decides on a topic or word and you write for 5 minutes with no editing, no proof-reading, nothing. Five minutes of just letting the words flow. I find that very intriguing and decided that I would like to start participating as a way to connect with those that visit Detours in Life and a way to enhance my writing. 

The topic today is “Tree”. 

My alarm went off at 5:30am. as it normally does, and in the still moments in the house before everyone wakes up, I grabbed my laptop to see what the topic would be for Five Minute Friday. I have to say, I looked at the word “Tree” and thought – tree? Then it dawned on me, there is actually a lot that you can write about trees. 

I love looking at the Fall colors as the leaves put on their finale before we enter the cold harshness of winter. It is one of the things that I missed when I was living in a warmer climate. It reminds me that even though the leaves are gone, they will return in a few months, green, vibrant, and welcoming in the warmer weather. 

I have never been a fan of winter – I spend the entire winter trying to get warm no matter the temperature in the house. It has been that way ever since I shed the extra 200 pounds I was carrying around. For some reason, my body hasn’t adjusted to not having that insulation. As people we are also constantly growing, changing, and evolving. We shed off the old and sometimes take a rest and then bloom again with new leaves, ready to stand tall through the winds and storms that attempt to blow us down. Rheumatoid Arthritis is my latest storm, but I won’t let it blow me down. It won’t beat me, no matter how hard it tries to blow me down. I will stand tall and continue to grow.