I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I'm capable of. That's kind of a weird sentence, so let me explain.
In January I deleted Facebook and counted every single calorie that I consumed. Both of those things I figured would be hard, if not impossible. In February I tried to limit myself to $0 in discretionary spending. While I missed that mark, it was definitely much lower than my monthly average. In March, I'm trying to eat as primal a diet as possible. I don't know if these things are necessarily the best and I certainly don't think I'm better than you for accomplishing them. I just wanted to know if I could do them -- so I did.
I'm in love with the idea of 30 Day Missions that stretch and challenge you to heights you didn't think you could accomplish. This post is short, but I'm hoping it has a lot of comments because I want to know what kinds of 30 Day Missions you have tried or want to try.
I have a whole list of questions that will probably turn into some sort of 30 Day Mission:
- How much sleep do I actually need to operate well?
- What would I feel like if I didn't consume any caffeine?
- What would I feel like if I ate a completely vegan diet?
- How fast can I run 1 mile?
- How far can I move myself in 8 hours?
- How long can I go without purchasing anything?
- How long can I fast?
- How long can I not sleep?
I get that some of these may not be the healthiest thing in the world -- but dammit, I want to know what I'm capable of! Our ancestors got to test their mettle against saber tooth tigers and angry mastodons on a daily basis. The scariest thing I see is what's growing in the back of my fridge.
More than anything, 30 Day Missions add a sense of excitement, of challenge, and unpredictability to your life. You may work in a boring job but as you look around at your boring co-workers you can smile inwardly about the time you once ran/walked for 8 hours just to see how far you could go or how you once randomly high fived a stranger just for the heck of it.
My simpler life has plenty of room for adventure. Does yours? Please share your 30 Day Mission ideas in the comments!