Some people have a dream of one day running (and finishing) a marathon. Learning a new language. Speaking publicly. Taking an acting class. Singing a solo. Doing something OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE. Challenging themselves. Doing something they know will cost time, effort and a lot of energy.
Why do we seek to challenge ourselves? Isn’t it just very comfortable to be in a reliable, predictable life where you know exactly what is going to happen every single day? Many people will say yes to this, and many others will say no. There is no right answer to this question.
But although I can truly enjoy a life that isn’t necessarily filled with adventure every single day, I guess I belong more in the other category. After all, I wouldn’t have quit my job, packed my suitcase and bought a one-way ticket to Spain, and gotten on that plane all alone, off to start a new life in a country I had never before visited, with a language I did not speak - if I didn’t like some adventure.
I am not much of a competitive person. I don’t have the need to win over others, be “better” or “superior“ in any way. But I love to compete against myself! I love to show myself that “I can do it!”, and that I am the one who decide where the limit is. The feeling it gives me is indescribable.
We all have different concepts of “what is a challenge for me”, same goes for dreams and goals. For me this November, my great challenge will be to write 50 000 words of a novel in 30 days. I am taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I have been so ready these last few days I have hardly been able to contain myself and not start writing already.
I did itlast year too. Wasn’t planned at all, and I didn’t start brainstorming until day 3, which was a bit stressful in theory cause it left me behind already before starting. But I did it, I reached the magical 50 000 word count on November 30 and enjoyed the whole experience so much. The feeling of accomplishing such a challenge was GREAT! I hope to have that same feeling in a month time!
Are you taking part as well? It would be great to hear from you!
In case you want to know more about what NaNoWriMo is about, have a look here.