History of My Obsessions

“Cure for an obsession: Get another one.”

–Mason Cooley

Write a history of your obsessions using a maximum of 20 words. No hyphenated words allowed. 20 words max. No cheating. It’s having to pare down your list that makes this an interesting assignment. Make every word count.

Here’s a sample response from my son Eli, who was given the assignment, for a college application, to use 20 words to describe himself. It was his response to that assignment that gave me the idea for this prompt. If you’re not around 17-year-old techy kids, you may not recognize the items on Eli’s list, but it will give you the idea. In his case, the title counted as two of his words. I’ll give you those two for free. Twenty words without the title. Go.

This will be a great on to post on the blog–so when you’re done, follow the directions at the bottom of the post.

Obsessions History:

Duplos
K’nex
Origami
Magz
Dragons
Mage Knights
Calvin and Hobbs
Pokémon
FanFiction
Discworld
C++
Origami Design
Evangelion
Xeno

Comments

  1. Marcia says

    my life’s obsessions in 20 words —

    Archie comic books
    Norman Lear sitcoms
    My parents
    Dieting
    Horses
    Side saddles
    Medical lectures
    Computers
    Righting societal wrongs
    NBR
    LW

  2. says

    A History of My Obsessions:

    Mother
    Escape
    Rebellion
    Oblivion
    Guru
    Lesbians
    Incest
    Breaking Silence
    Creativity
    Writing
    Author
    Motherhood
    Family
    Reconciliation
    Teaching
    Cancer
    Drive vs. Stillness

  3. margaret says

    My Passions/Obsessions:

    Motherhood
    Family
    Dogs
    Friends
    Pottery
    Yoga
    Art
    Nature
    Ocean
    Lakes
    Mountains
    Trees
    Clouds
    Walking
    Food
    Cookbooks
    Stories
    Chocolate
    Community
    Architecture

  4. Joanne W. James says

    OBSESSIONS THROUGH MY LIFE:

    rhyming
    swamp
    starry
    clarinet
    candy
    athletics
    journeys
    waterfall
    desire
    passion
    healing
    trains
    treasure
    visionary
    yoga
    prayer
    meditation
    forest
    Iowa City
    language

  5. donna singleton says

    Bible stories
    mud pies
    comfort food
    books
    dancing
    Beatles
    baby love
    Anna Maria Island
    African sunsets
    Roy
    confederate jasmine
    printed clothes

  6. John Balawejder says

    Sex,create
    Books,consume
    athletics,air in/out
    My kids
    Looks,shave neck
    tv,junkfood
    love
    baseball
    laziness
    Nature,often

  7. Sunny Shaw says

    My Collective History of Obsessions (Not Cured)

    Candy
    Jesus
    Words
    Sky
    Seeds
    Creatures
    Rocks
    Water
    Numbers
    People
    Art
    Music
    Patterns
    Cultures
    Weather
    Justice
    Teaching
    Travel
    Synaesthesia
    Infinity

  8. Vickie Kurtz says

    Parenting
    Jewelry
    Crafting
    Reading
    Traveling
    Writing
    Searching
    Decorating
    Studying
    Understanding
    Art
    Psychology
    Working
    Feeling
    Beauty
    Emotions
    Nature
    Security
    History
    Surviving

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  10. Pete Nixon says

    Plastic models
    Cars
    Girls
    Independence from parents
    Manhood
    Sex
    Marriage
    Nesting
    Single parenthood
    Financial survival
    Emotional survival
    Stability
    Enjoying retirement

  11. Diana Ekizian says

    Reading
    Guilt
    Pacifism
    Drugs
    Sexiness
    Softball
    Palmistry
    Graphology
    Abnormal pyschology
    River rafting
    Traveling
    Writing
    Cryptic crosswords
    Double entendre
    Drawing
    Origami

    • Diana Ekizian says

      Diana, Lovely to meet you here! I love that I started with my son’s origami obsession….and that was on your list, too!

  12. says

    Dinosaurs
    Rocks
    Insects
    Archeology
    Libraries
    Museums
    Science
    Technology
    Cello
    Art
    Double-Bass
    Ginsberg
    Piercy
    Studies
    Babies
    Cooking
    Molecules
    Family
    Organics

  13. Laura Davis says

    I like that you started your list with dinosaurs. I could have started with them, too. When I was four I could say all the names: Allosaurus, Tyranasaurus-Rex, Triceratops, Brontasaurus, Stegasaurus. My favorite place was the dinosaur floor of the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

  14. gloria humphrey says

    From MJ on my shirt and four children to birth, thinking, writing and dreaming
    seem to be my adventurous worth.

  15. Erika says

    Me
    Cakes
    Drawing
    Writing
    Ankhs
    Comics
    Tattoos
    Reading
    Photography
    Pies
    My kids
    Schizophrenia
    Gardening
    Chickens
    Fabric
    God
    Sewing
    Alcohol
    Dragons

  16. Jeanine McElwain says

    History of My Obsessions:
    cats
    cookies
    daydreaming
    bike riding
    snow
    Peanuts comics
    Horses
    Friends
    Overseas travel
    French
    Bicycle travel
    Camping
    Mountains
    Hiking
    Singing
    Lesbians

  17. Sam Locke-Paddon says

    Painting
    Music
    Egypt
    Writing
    Babies
    Flowers
    Salsa
    Gardening
    Cats
    Birds
    Traveling
    Friends
    Words
    Fishing
    Singing
    Movies
    Jane Austin
    Shoes

  18. Terry Gibson says

    Dad
    School
    Catholicism
    fear
    incest
    beatings
    rape
    depression
    books
    Suicide
    Therapy
    travel
    Writing
    laughter
    AIDS
    Death
    Loss
    tenacity
    hope

  19. Meredith Born says

    comedy
    boys
    baby
    deferring
    homemaking
    fighting
    acupressure
    freedom
    spirituality
    expansion
    responsibility
    Healing Connection
    marketing
    teaching
    therapy
    Costa Rica
    Artist’s Way

  20. julia says

    fabrics
    patterns
    studying
    posters
    weight
    health
    boys
    exercise
    cats
    love
    books
    peoplewatching
    sewing
    survival
    food
    learning
    Jesus
    serenity
    money
    creativity

  21. Hope Lovejoy says

    My 20 Obsessions (not necessarily in this order)

    Love
    London life
    Purple
    Writing poetry
    Dance
    Music
    Babies
    Bunny Rabbits
    Vogue Magazines
    Hair
    Fashion
    Beatrix Potter books
    Mirrors
    Flat hunting
    Facebook
    Popularity
    Wedding dresses
    Hispanic culture
    Wine
    Sunshine

  22. Stefanie Graves says

    20 Life Obsessions

    1. Creativity
    2. Painting
    3. Watercolor
    4. Nursing
    5. Healthcare
    6. Nature
    7. Animals
    8. Horses
    9. Cats
    10. Dogs
    11. Walking
    12. Laughing
    13. Deafness
    14. Disabilities
    15. Dating
    16. Sailing
    17. Raptors
    18. Independence
    19. Strength
    20. Spirituality

  23. Jennifer Jones says

    My Hypnotic Addictions

    Anime
    Manga
    Japan
    Egypt
    Mythology
    History
    Art
    Writing
    Ideas
    Games
    Computers
    Music
    Science
    Books
    Fantasy
    Wolves
    Nature
    Power
    Magic
    Dreams

  24. Gayle Herman says

    Obsessions through life in 20 words X 2

    Food–dieting, preparing, teaching
    Feeling invisible, finding my voice
    My part in relationships–love,loss,grief, connection is most important

    Sensuality of food
    Sexuality in general
    Perennial student
    Waking up my soul
    Waking up, again
    Waking up, again
    Staying present

  25. seekingmeme@yahoo.com says

    My Obsessions

    Eating
    Musicals
    Reading
    Writing
    Oceans
    Photography
    Singing
    Dancing
    Mathematics
    Sudoku
    Bejeweled
    Zuma
    Coloring
    Piano
    Performing
    Creating
    Sleeping
    Criminal Minds
    Bones

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