Today I cheated. What? I cheated? Well, sort off. I normally do not give much thought to what I will write for my weekly Wednesday post for my journey with the letter “W” till I sit down to write. Today while driving to the office in the morning, a bumper sticker on the car in front of me caught my attention. I would have forgotten about what it said after some time but the car kept me company for a good twenty minutes in the bumper to bumper morning traffic. By the time I got to my office, the line stuck to my brain as if engraved. It read, “What Do You Have To Lose”.
I am not sure what was the context of that particular bumper sticker for the owner of the car. I also have no intention of driving you crazy with the laundry list of what I have to lose. What was driving me crazy was thinking of the context of that quote. What do I have to lose if I bungee jump or skydive or what do I have to lose if I decide to quit my job and try to take up writing as a profession? To all of that I have some or other answer of what I do have to lose. For next ten hours or so in the office I did not give much thought to it, but driving back home in the evening it started bothering me again. I came to a conclusion, I think rather for my own sanity than anything conclusive, that I will never know what do I have to lose unless I try even.
That brings me to cheating. I did not have much time to ponder about what word starting with “W” I was going to pick for my poem today. It was handed to me on a platter. The first word of that bumper sticker. WHAT else? So off I go to write my poem starting with the word ” What” for week thirty two of my fifty two weeks of journey with the letter “W”.