1001 Days Later
So here I am, a few days after turning 40, and having reached the end of the 101 things in 1001 days project I set for myself back in February 2009.
Looking back, I can observe a couple of key drivers about my decision to set myself these goals:
- I was still single
- My mother had recently passed away suddenly just a few months before, and I was questioning my own mortality
- I had made the big move to Australia in 2008, but was finding myself falling back into a sedentary/lazy mindset
- I knew that the big Four Oh was looming, and I wanted to be able to say that the Thirties were worth it
So, as you are reading this, you may or may not have noticed that – all things considered – I didn’t exactly smash it out of the park in terms of completing those 101 goals. But in a way, that was always sort of the point. To me, there has to be some stretch involved – admittedly, having lived those 1001 days, I know I could have stretched much more. I was conservative about travel (especially international), I was conservative about new experiences – if only because I had only myself in mind when I pictured them being completed. So what else has happened to usurp these carefully laid plans?
- Just around the time of starting this project, I started seeing someone (cross off no-longer single)
- That relationship quickly (for us at least) saw us moving in together
- We bought a house (ZOMG!) around x-mas 2010, and moved in February 2011
- We got engaged (YAY!) the day this project finished (11/11/11)
- I’ve had the good fortune to have travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong (twice), New Zealand (twice), Las Vegas, Belgium, Luxembourg and Paris in those 1001 days (WIN!)
So quite a busy time, and with no regrets about missing out on many of the things I had planned to do.
I will leave you with some thoughts that have been inspired by my taking this challenge on:
- Always set goals – even if you feel you can’t complete them
- Stretch yourself (not in the Yoga-type way) – you are more capable than you realise
- Open yourself to new experiences – even if they interrupt your “plans”
- Factor in others when making plans – they make the experiences richer
I hope that if you’ve read this, or have been following along, that you decide to set yourself a life-goal, bucket-list, whatever-you-want-to-call-it challenge.