DIARY — MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2020

4 Simple Things I Triple-Dog-Dare You to Do

#3: I dare you to read something by an Indigenous author

Phoenix Huber
Nov 10, 2020 · 5 min read
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels.

For today’s diary entry, let’s make things fun with a triple-dog-dare format.

I’ll dare you to do the things I’m proud I did today. If you’d like, you can complete each challenge immediately. Each could be done in as little as 5 minutes. But feel free to take your time, schedule for later, modify a dare, think about it, or decline a dare that doesn’t suit you.

I’d love to hear how it goes!

By the way, I’ve developed this minor phobia of readers thinking the stock photo people are me. Just so we’re clear, I am not a precocious 5-year-old typing this; I am a behind-in-life late 20-something. I just chose this girl because we have similar hair and she looks as nervous to sing as I do.

Which brings us to our first dare…

1. I dare you to sing while you walk

After some morning writing and scheduling a dentist, I took a walk through the frosted neighborhood. Appreciating the sudden shift in season here in Prescott, songs by Lights started cuing in my head.

Lights is a Canadian singer and some of her old songs are about cold weather. Let’s see, there’s “February Air,” “My Boots,” and “Siberia!”

Those were the 3 that I sung… even though I am an unsuccessful singer quite like Holly J See’s amazing alter ego, Melancholy Voice Trainee.

Okay, so I kind of cheated because all the neighbors were bundled up inside and no one could hear my whine-voice. But I dare you to do what you’re comfortable with. Isn’t it fun to sing out to the trees and regale the quail birds with your illustrious arias? I hope you get the chance. :)

2. I dare you to message your #1 inspiration

To be fair, I have a number of #1 inspirations in different areas. But I’m totally breathless over a favorite author who writes about veganism, wild animal suffering, and politics from an effective altruist perspective.

I couldn’t believe it had been almost 3 months. His replies always bolster my spirits.

Reaching out to him, I remembered that we’re equal with our idols. Don’t be intimidated. You’re just as worthy of having a positive influence in this world as anyone you look up to.

Seriously, message your #1 inspiration. Even if she’s Oprah Winfrey and you just tweet at her.

3. I dare you to read something by an Indigenous author

For Native American Heritage Month, I said I’d read 5 minutes a day from Indigenous people. 5 minutes minimum to keep the learning flowing!

3 days ago I read an interview with Wotko (Gerardo Tristan) about reclaiming your identity. They are a queer Nahuatl Mexican-American. I had so much to reflect on, it’ll be its own article. Wotko is an anti-speciesist activist I’d met at a conference, so I was especially eager to get deeper into their experience.

Yesterday I looked up Tommy Pico (Kumeyaay Nation from Baja California) and then today Joshua Whitehead (Oji-Cree in Manitoba).

I’ve only seen the bios and book pages so far, but I found their commonalities interesting. They’re both gay poets who write about reservation versus big city life. They reflect on how Indigenous folks get associated with “nature” and what to do with that.

If you click on Tommy’s bio, you’ll love his sassy talk! Joshua is a two spirit, and I learned from Wotko that some use the acronym LGBTQTS to include two-spirits. Two-spirit is a North American umbrella term for Natives who play a third-gender or gender-variant role in their cultures.

Well, thanks for reading my notes! I’m excited to keep celebrating Indigenous perspectives this month and I welcome recommendations.

4. I dare you to fast for a day (if it’s healthy for you)

“Meal-less Monday.” That’s what I began calling it when I go the first day of the week without food. In the last year or so I discovered, as so many have, how liberating it can be to not have to think about meals for even 24 hours.

Today was my first Mealless Monday in a while, and I’m happy I made it. You can also do Meatless Monday if you’re cutting back on meat for climate, health, Esther the Wonder Pig’s relatives, etc.

Okay, so you can’t complete this challenge in 5 minutes! But you can schedule it in an instant. Only first, consult with your healthcare provider, your family, your silverware who might be lonely and miss you, etc.

That’s it! Give yourself a high-five once you make it through Dare Day. I, on the other hand, am not off the hook.

I thought about what I could improve based on November 9th’s performance. Here are my 4 dares to self for tomorrow:

  1. I dare myself not to sit or lay in bed for longer than 25 minutes (I’ll tell Siri to set a timer), with at least an hour between each sit. I’m getting used to a standing desk that’s actually just a dresser and I love it!
  2. I dare myself to finally experience my friend’s virtual Halloween ride. I don’t know what’s wrong with me; I said I would and I was genuinely super excited about her epic creation but now it’s been 10 days since Halloween and she probably thinks I turned into a ghost or something.
  3. I dare myself to update my “Creative Courage Bucket List” that I made for November. I kind of got stuck on a single dare (writing 6 articles in a day) since it’s such a fun impossible challenge for me to keep striving for. So I’ll think about when I want to complete the rest of the list by. Or how else I might modify the commitment to give myself a fighting chance.
  4. When I exercise in my room tomorrow, I dare myself to write down each exercise after I do it. That should concentrate me and make sure I’m real working out, not just walking in circles and flailing my arms for half an hour.

FYI: For those who were following my regular articles, I promise there will be more soon once publications accept! Ideally, it’d be at least 50–50. You’d never see too many diary articles in my feed in a row, so that way it’s easy to spot the specific topics that interest you. I hope I get there!

Bonus dare

I triple-dog-dare you to have a beautiful day!

Love Everyone

Practice loving-kindness with your clumsy friend Phoenix.

Phoenix Huber

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I hope to co-create a happy humanity that’s kind to animals. Make me smile by donating to my fundraiser or joining 10 Weeks to Vegan! teamvegan.org/team/Phoenix

Love Everyone

The compassion diary of a recovering worrier. I reflect on my day and read about the world in hopes of loving everyone — in thought and in action. Here’s to all beings’ happiness!

Phoenix Huber

Written by

I hope to co-create a happy humanity that’s kind to animals. Make me smile by donating to my fundraiser or joining 10 Weeks to Vegan! teamvegan.org/team/Phoenix

Love Everyone

The compassion diary of a recovering worrier. I reflect on my day and read about the world in hopes of loving everyone — in thought and in action. Here’s to all beings’ happiness!

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