Maintaining the Blog
When I started the 100 Things Challenge this year, one of the things that someone suggested I do was start a blog about the challenge. At first I thought:
- Who would read it?
- Who would care?
- How much of my time is it going to take up?
So far, I have found the blog very rewarding and cathartic. What started as a place to track my progress throughout the year, has so far turned into a place where my thoughts and ideas, my trial and tribulations, have been well received and a lot of feedback and advice offered to help with the progress.
In particular, the challenge of adopting a dog has proven extremely stressful and rewarding. What I have learned so far is that no matter how prepared you might think you are, there are many things you don't expecting, and when you share your frustrations about your experience, a lot of great people will offer their help and support, and some people you don't even know will get mad and tell you you're an asshole for adopting a dog in the first place, as though it's inhumane to have doubts or consider the possibility that you might not be the dog person you thought you were.
As far as the challenge of adopting a dog goes, some people think that it's just an item I am checking off of a list. However, every single item on the list is designed to provide me with an area of growth and an experience to enhance my quality of life. Some challenges will provide a great experience and greater improvement than others. That goes without saying. The challenges themselves, though, should be considered in their own context and not in comparison to one another.
For example, the challenge of Buy Five New Suits, is designed not to be as simple as walking into Tom's Place in Kensington Market and picking out five suits. It's about a couple of different things: 1) working towards having enough disposable income that I can afford five new suits, 2) further developing the corporate and business services of the Impatient Theatre Co and looking like a professional in the process, and 3) becoming the kind of man who looks great in a suit and is comfortable wearing them in a variety of settings. Those three things are not SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timely), so Buy Five New Suits is an end goal that forces me to work on developing other areas of my life to improve and enhance the quality of my life.
Now, for the first time in almost a week, I'm going to go to the gym for a workout. I think Winston and I are at a point where I can go out for a while in the afternoon and he can be left to his own devices.