September 27, 2012 1 Comment
Day 1001 is finally upon me and I’ve successfully managed to complete 80 things. Not a bad effort really. It’s a Distinction by university standards, and I didn’t get many of those. So I could make excuses about why I failed, and I’m sure many of you will think they are, but realistically here’s an honest account of why I failed…
101 Things is a Lot
And I don’t mean it’s too many things to accomplish, only averages out to 1 thing every 10 days which isn’t a lot really. What I mean is, for me, 101 things is a lot of things to actually want to do. When I first started writing my list, all 1001 days ago, I only had about 10 things. The main goals being buy an apartment, move outta home and buy a new car. Wow, weren’t they expense goals. Inevitably I ended up with a lot of space fillers such as #20. Make a video of something (anything). It sounded like a really creative outlet at the time but I really wasn’t all that committed in the first place to go to the effort.
Things Cost Money
As you know my main goals were buying an apartment, furnishing it and then buying a new car (LOVE my VW Jetta by the way). This didn’t leave a great deal of cash to splurge frivolously on things like #56. Take private ballroom dance lessons or #44. Hit the casino and gamble $100. Two things I’m still very keen on, anyone up for giving me the cash?
Some Things Aren’t Fun Alone
Family and friends don’t always have the same interests as you so heading to Melbourne to complete #88. Watch a tennis match at the Australian Open or #90. Go to a live football game aren’t things I want to do on my own. I may be an independent singleton who happily sits poolside alone, or goes for a walk along the beach, but I draw the line at sitting in a massive sports crowd on my lonesome, there’s absolutely no fun in that.
Past Me Wrote Done Crazy Things
For whatever reason, the me of 1001 days ago thought #7. Jog 1km non-stop was a good idea. I HATE jogging. It sounds like an athletic thing that I should be able to do, something a fit person would do. But who was I kidding? Jogging is boring and I’m in no way motivated to get fit enough to be able to accomplish it.
Things Change, People Change
As we grow older we don’t necessarily keep the same interests. Almost three years ago I was interested in learning how to knit a scarf. Why? I don’t know. Mum taught me how to crochet but everyone learns to knit right? Now though I’m like, eh, whatever.
Really thinking back to 1001 days ago my objective for creating the 101 list wasn’t to motivate me to achieve certain tasks, it was simply to provide writing inspiration. To get me into the habit of writing regularly and to not be afraid to have people read it. After all, if I hope to pen the highest selling novel of all time one day, I have to be brave enough to let people read it. So ultimately, I haven’t technically failed. I’m only just beginning.