There are lots more, too. Including some by men, who I’ve just realised are sorely under-represented in this sample. Still, I’m a man and I talk a lot on this blog, so it’s nice to have a balance. Keep up the good, almost-good and frustratingly failed work, everyone!
It’s been hard to do this as regularly as I‘d like, partly because of the busy-busy nature of my life at the moment – and by ‘the moment’ I mean ‘forever’ – but also partly, in truth, because far more people have got involved than I ever expected, and the site is thrillingly full of people’s ups and downs. I wanted to reassure all the excellent participants in this scheme that I am reading everything posted on the site, and in the interests of paying tribute to those people and encouraging the others, today I’m reproducing a selection of updates from the past couple of weeks. Obviously, to put them properly in context you’d need to know what the person’s original challenge was, but you can have fun working it out (some, like ‘did some jogging’, are fairly self-explanatory; some, like ‘still no goats’, a bit less so). The overall impression is of a tremendous hive of minor activity. There are still a lot of people who I think are doing challenges, but haven’t been heard of for a while, so if that’s you, bring us up to date with your progress, even if there hasn’t been any. And it’s never too late to join in by starting a new challenge. We’ve still got nearly ten years, after all.
I’ll be writing a bit about my own successes and failures in the week to come. Remember, if you are discouraged by how things are going, ‘failure’ is just as much a part of the process as ‘success’ for most people. For everyone on the site who’s sold a painting or got a promotion, there is someone who’s encountered setback after setback and feels, as the kids say, full of fail. Or FAIL. Or epic fail. Or whatever it is the kids say these days; I don’t know, I’ve only got one kid and he can’t say anything yet. FML.
So, whatever you’re up to, keep ploughing on. The TYSIC is not like something like Weight Watchers where it’s all about steady progress and being a bit thinner every week and everyone clapping. It’s about finding comradeship in disappointment as much as attainment. The ten-year timescale allows you to go badly off course, or get completely stuck, and still come out of it. Others’ failures should inspire you as much as their successes. Basically, to sum up all this waffling, doing stuff is difficult. We may as well embrace that awkward fact together and try to sneakily beat the odds.
Here are some recent highlights, then. I’ve cut and pasted them straight across from the blog, which means people’s names may appear as links, but if you click on them, probably nothing will happen. Or maybe something will! Who knows! Why not bloody click on them, anyway!
Elin Potential buyer of painting came to visit my studio today. He’s no longer potential buyer. He is buyer of my painting. my largest, most expensive painting. I’m happy! And they were lovely people, a young family, who just happened to walk past and saw the painting through the window!
Alex I went to see my tutor yesterday. Of my own volition. To ask for help. Actual help. This is a massive breakthrough for me. Sadly I think she scared me more than anything else, but at least I now understand the scary thing, even if I still can’t do it.
amycool Oh and I’m on the waiting list for a dentist. She said it shouldn’t take too long, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
Rachael Still no goats.
AdeleD Well, what a week. After deciding that calorie counting is no way to lose weight I joined Slimming World. Yesterday was the first weigh-in after a week’s worth of eating their way and I lost a whopping 6lb! Woo-bloody-hoo!
Deanna i went to choir and sang really high notes, and met some lovely people.
howlie, Phoned the doctors and spent nearly an hour playing bass today. Hurrah! I also stood up for my brother in a mild incident with someone from my school yesterday. Confusing I know since my brother is still in primary school, but work has taught me to be firm and it was a kid from work. Power to not taking crap!
Steph My driving instructor told me to book my test! And he hasn’t had a pupil fail for over a year so goal #4 is looking like it might be finished quite soon.
Marbles Went jogging this morning and we managed to dodge the downpours!
triangle42 Trying to learn how to play the piano piece I’ve written so it can be recorded for my music coursework. I didn’t write it to my own playing abilities so it’s a bit of a challenge, but thankfully I have an empty house in which to practice to my heart’s content.
ohdear Today, I accepted my offer from Stirling Uni. Going there next month to check the place out. I won’t lie to you, I am shitting bricks.
Anna Oh dear, I’ve not managed to listen to any new music this week. In my defence I’ve been busy, getting ready to move on Friday.
Been nice to husband all week, and I’ve felt a bit more confident in my parenting, so not a totally lost week.
Rachel I vow to not post anything negative on twitter/facebook for a week. If I do I give permission for everyone to shun me, unless of course something goes badly wrong i.e. my uncle dies.
Well done everyone. Keep up the good/almost good/frustratingly unsuccessful work!