When I came to the end of my year of not eating dessert, many people asked me what I would do next. Some worried that I would begin gorging on every bit of dessert in a ten mile radius, and others worried that I would continue abstaining from dessert (seriously, some people acted like it would be a bad thing to continue refraining from eating something that I will admit that I am addicted to). I too wondered what I would do for my next challenge. I wanted to do something that pushed me even further than the dessert fast had done, so I decided to complete twenty-one challenges instead of only one.
Why the number twenty-one? It is quite simple. I chose this number because it is how old I am. I thought about the different things that I could do throughout the next year, and then it dawned on me that I could create a set of challenges that is equal to the amount of years that I have been alive. I will share this list with you and then explain why some of them seem so random or pointless.
- Go without dessert from October 8, 2015 – May 8, 2016
- Run a half-marathon
- Don’t shave for two weeks
- Do a stringent diet for thirty days
- Help someone else complete a goal
- Do something that makes me more cultured
- See the Pacific Ocean
- Stay alone in a hotel room
- Write a journal entry for every day as a twenty-one year old
- Do something that scares me
- Use a weight room twelve separate times within four weeks
- Ride a horse
- Spend a whole night in my hammock
- Travel to visit a friend
- Go to a job interview that is not in Ohio or New York
- Hike to the top of a mountain
- Take a photo that I am proud of
- Reconnect with an old friend
- Begin learning a language
- Use my phone only as a phone for a week
- Stop biting my fingernails
Like I mentioned earlier, this list may seem completely absurd to the casual observer, but there is a reason for every single item that I have written. For instance, one like “stay alone in a hotel room” sounds odd to a reader, but to me staying alone in a hotel room signifies that I am an adult and have a place that I am traveling to by myself. That is just one example. I plan on fleshing out each goal in a separate blog post as I complete it throughout this year.
I am not sure what will happen in my life as a twenty-one year old, but I am incredibly excited to see what is down the road. It will be hard to embark on such an ambitious set of challenges, but I am confident that I have the ability to complete each and every item. That is not something that I would have said over a year ago, but I now know that I can set goals and actually reach them. It will be a fun journey, and I cannot wait to share it with you all!
Until next time,
Changes have been made to some of the aforementioned goals, so check out the post that I wrote about which goals were changed and my reasons for making those changes.