My motto these days is: “Great, what’s next?”
While I didn’t realize it at the time, I spent a good portion of my late 20′s and the early part of my 30′s not moving my life forward. At the time I was mainly concerned with survival and getting my act together; these are very important things but they took up all of my energy. I’m making up for lost time now by working on getting back to school, getting in shape, running races and most of all being the kind of person I want to be.
This is great, but what’s next?
There are a lot of things I want to try, many of which frighten me. I’ve talked to my wife about skydiving but that is a short-term adrenaline rush, not a sustainable habit. I may do that but I’m more interested in finding more challenging races like The Tough Mudder we ran a few weeks ago because the training helps to develops positive habits and I’ve rebuilt my life over the past 6 years by developing repeatable positive habits. Over the next several months my wife and I will be running a number of races, some are regular road races and some involve running through fire. Then in March 2013 I am going to once again take on the LA Marathon. I finished it last year and I can do it again.
These races are great but what’s next?
I’ve been working on other positive habits? Even before I restarted this blog I was writing almost every day through a project called A Year of Billy Joel where I tackle to complete works of my least favorite artist and tell a few stories along the way. How is it going? You may be surprised.
The Billy Joel thing is fun but it can’t last forever so I’m laying the groundwork of things I can do when it’s done. I think it’s important for me to continue writing regularly and telling stories. I began a story project last year that unfortunately has gotten slowed down but I’d like to revive that soon. Ideally that project will be the place where I talk about what things used to be like and this blog will be where I talk about what things are like now. Then I’d like to take that further and challenge myself to share the stories I have to tell outside of blogging. That might involve podcasting, getting up in front of people and telling stories or some unforeseen method. I’m not sure how that is going to work but I’m saying it publicly in order to leave a trail of accountability; hold me to this stuff. If you seem me getting stuck you have my permission to do whatever it takes to get me moving again.