Similar to that 10-scoop ice cream sunday I couldn’t finish, I walked away from May feeling dissatisfied and mildly disappointed. Doing a new thing every day has proved itself to be more difficult than I imagined. It takes a lot of commitment, forethought and energy to do something I’ve never done before — especially something that challenges me in some way.
I came into May unprepared. I ate a huge dinner before I started eating, and I was not physically capable of consuming the ten scoops because of it. Had I not eaten that day, picked a better flavor, and strategized beforehand, I may have been able to finish all of that ice cream. Doing something challenging effectively takes careful planning. May certainly taught me that poor planning leads to poor results.
Sure this month was difficult and I did not complete it the way I thought that I would, but I don’t feel as though I have failed. However lamely — I was still able to pick up the spoon and continue trudging along each day.
Quite obviously, planning ahead in June will lead to larger accomplishments. Now that the year is almost halfway over, I have begun rereading the book that inspired this project: I Dare Me by LuAnn Cahn. What impressed me about LuAnn was her commitment to consistency, her ability to take risks, and overcome challenges and fears. In June I will start thinking ahead.
What am I going to do with these last six months that I have never dared to do before?