I decided to embark on the 30 new things project after a session with my physiotherapist. We had just spent half an hour with me babbling incoherently at him, trying to distract myself from the unspeakable pain he was inflicting on my poor knee. I had been talking about surfing. I’m not sure why, as I have never surfed before, but I mentioned that ‘of course, I’ll never be able to surf now’, ‘Why not?’, he asked. There it was, two words. Sometimes, that is all you need. Why not, indeed.
I don’t know what I can achieve and if I don’t try, I will never find out. In truth, I may try things and find out that, actually no, it is too painful or too difficult, but on the other hand, I may just succeed.
I am definitely not one of life’s planners. I never know where an idea will take me. This can be fun, but it can also be infuriating when I am trying to achieve something. I can find it impossible to focus on core tasks that will see a project through, but get easily distracted by meandering down diversionary asides. One way that I have found to blast through my natural procrastination is to leap into projects with both feet and to have some accountability.
I am a people pleaser in life. I am more likely to see something through if I have someone reliant on the outcome. In this challenge, as the only person who will benefit will be me, in order to create accountability, I’m telling the world about it. Or at least the people that stumble upon this blog about it. Whether this project will end up the one I started or if it drifts in interesting and uknown ways, we’ll have to see.