For people who know me well, the idea that I could do ANYTHING for 31 days in a row would be preposterous. I have rarely passed Day 10 on any diet or self-improvement plan, housekeeping routine (that would be more like Day 3), or child-raising routine. I have structure in my life, but not necessarily routine. It is HARD for me to do things at the same time each day, or even each day. Even things I enjoy are not easily sustained on a daily basis.
So what was different this time? I’m not sure, but I feel that the supportive community was a BIG motivator. I found that I looked forward to writing and I looked forward to receiving comments and feedback. This was my first year slicing and I entered the challenge with a friend. I’m sure the friendship helped support the effort, too.
But I think there’s more. I think that I recognized that this was important work for me to do. It was work which brought meaning to memory and voice to feelings and thoughts that have been quiet a long time. I loved the “Be inspired” section and often I was inspired and my imagination was challenged. I found “flow” at times – that optimal place where engagement and challenge are just right. I realized that living like a writer is a good way to live. It’s a reflective, active, observant practice that made me happier.
I thank ALL who participated. You have touched me and lifted me up. I hope I have been able to be a support for some of you, too. Perhaps we’ll meet again on Tuesdays this year. Remember Wimpy (Popeye’s friend)? “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today.” Well, I’d gladly write on Tuesday to be a part of this writing community.