Many moons ago …. back in 2014 …. I set myself a challenge. Or rather I set myself 101 challenges, to complete in 1001 days (if you are interested in the old challenge list, you can check it out here). I suspect the giddy anticipation of a ‘New Year’ version of myself went to my head and created a motivational monster who was ready to take on the world. Needless to say, by very virtue of the fact that I am writing this post, take on the world I did not. I pillaged my way through more of a hamlet sized accomplishment before my mojo deflated in the posthumous New Year buzz. Four years later, lesson still not learnt, and far too late in the year to blame New Year as the culprit, I am back for round two.
It’s never too late for second chances ….
It’s been a while, but I took a big blow when my dad passed away a couple of years ago. Losing a parent was something I could never have prepared myself for. Not only did I lose the most inspirational man in my life, I lost a huge sense of my being along with it. I spent too long broken-hearted, disconnected from life, whilst my dad was no doubt frustratingly kicking my butt from his astro-spiritual realm! It’s a cliche I know, but I don’t believe in regrets. I believe in life experiences that shape us into who we are. I had a terribly sad experience, but I’ve learnt an awful lot about myself as a result, namely that life is too short and I need to make time for the things that are important to me. So perhaps it’s time to take a little pinch of the below quote and sprinkle it on my life …..
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow!””
Hunter S. Thompson
So it’s almost like a bucket list, but it’s more than that. It’s a mega ‘to do list’ (oh, how I love a ‘to do list’) of challenges. Not just challenges for the sake of it, but things that I think will bring me and my family enjoyment, enhance my life and aid me on my journey to become a better version of myself. Thank you for joining me on my journey over the next 1001 days to achieve my own personal 101 challenges.