A number of people I can only really describe as ‘lots’ posted comments, or found other ways to set themselves challenges, after yesterday’s introductory blog. I was surprised by the volume of responses and moved/impressed/alarmed by a lot of the things people are proposing to take on over the next ten years. These included becoming a professional darts player and a librarian (two different people, those, not a unique attempt at multi-tasking); recording and releasing an album every year for the next ten; several pledges to finish writing a novel; several promises to find love or just become more confident and comfortable with other humans. Other people are going to get fit, travel to South America, learn jazz saxophone, learn more languages. There are practical challenges like getting into a West End play, and philosophical ones like repairing self-esteem. And these are just the ones that come to mind without checking back.
So, my first act of optimism, which was to set this idea in motion and not focus on the risk of looking like a tool if nobody joined in, has been vindicated. There are a few more days for others to nominate their own challenges, which start in earnest on March 4th. Remember you don’t have to do so under your own name – several people contacted me on Twitter to suggest anonymous missions.
Tomorrow I will elaborate on my own resolution and deal with some of the admin side of this ambitious project, like how we’re all going to stay in touch with each other. I’ll also do other stuff like picking up my crying baby and walking around the house humming ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ for four hours till he nods off, but that is beyond the remit of this blog for now.
Thanks for participating!