66 Days Away: I Open at the Close

Most stories deserve a clean ending, wrapped in a bow. This isn’t one of those stories…

Photo Credit: Ask Ideas
This was a daily documentation of my adventure from Hillsboro, Oregon to Cape Town, South Africa on September 16th, 2017. Now…not so sure.

Day 35…Okay, now I’m getting SEVERE deja vu

I think early on in my daily writing journey I considered ending it all, focusing instead on highly-curated articles three to four times a week. Now I’m back at that point, hoping to get onto 100 Naked Words to start a new version of daily writing.

In fact, the prompt itself leads to hundreds of potential posts:

Within 100 words, describe health, wealth, or happiness with a takeaway for the reader to apply in their lives.

While I think it’s a wonderful idea, is it alright to scrap this journey journal? Is it a good thing to fail so blatantly at something that it’s displayed all over Medium?

Perhaps this is the vulnerability I need to appear real to the masses. To show that I am human, like everybody else. I fail.

I fail. But what do I do after that failure?

Answer: I learn and move on

It isn’t clean — it’s damn messy leaving a 100-day writing challenge at f*cking 66 — but I think the purpose for this daily thread has ran its course. It gave me a most wonderful addiction:

I now HAVE to write every day.

Medium is my home. Without it, I’m not as comfortable (and yeah, I know you have to be uncomfortable to grow, but I’ve got a lot of that going for me if you hadn’t noticed.)

Failures are a part of life. If you never fail, odds are you never even tried, which is a greater failure than if you acted on your passion, your purpose, your WHY.

My decision is based on the readers

I am choosing to fail this so that I can succeed in another way: Helping other people achieve health, wealth, and happiness…100 words at a time. I feel that listening to other people’s problems (mostly on Quora) and answering them on my blog is a smart and effective step for my writing career.

So it’s a win-win.

The daily writing will continue, that’s for sure. It will just be more concise, more applicable to you, and more strategic (a.k.a. less all-over-the-f*cking-place).

And so with that, I say goodbye, but not really!

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh

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