COMPLETED: 101 Things in 1001 Days
I completed 101 things in 1001 days, a quest that took a lot of my energy for the last two and three-quarter years, but gave back more than it took.
My list took me to Manhattan for a flying trapeze, Philly for a cheesesteak, Costa Rica on my own. I drank cow’s milk straight from a teat, got a (fake) bottle smashed over my head, jumped off a cliff. I saw the sun rise over Machu Picchu and set 12 hours later on the road back to Cuzco. I ran a Rugged Maniac, made my first soufflé, did 50 push-ups, said yes to everything, and sent my poo off in the mail.
My friends joined me to ride a mechanical bull, paint a nude model, and fire a gun. They got me up a tree. My husband drove me six hours so I could take a 30-second zorbing ride, flew on that trapeze himself, and taught me how to use a chop saw. My kids ate freshly baked bread, picked out random dinner ingredients, and cleaned up a hiking trail.
In any given week, I would be memorizing a 131-line poem, practicing juggling, trying to stay awake through Das Boot, looking up where I could go snowboarding, and inventing a recipe for vegan cake pops.
I dusted off my old guitar and tried out my unplayed bodhrán too. I brewed my own beer and served dinner party guests Spambalaya. I became a zombie for a day and had little fish nibble my toes. I visited museums with bad art and good sex. I ate haggis and toured my state for hot dogs. I sprayed graffiti on my garage.
I tried out Zumba and haiku and World of Warcraft, was bad at all and didn’t care (too much). I hiked Mount Katahdin and had cartoons try to teach me to dance. I fasted for Ramadan, attended a UU sermon, and cooked at a soup kitchen.
There were plenty of items that weren’t so fun. I finalized my will, cleaned out my closets, gave away old board games. I did those chores that would be done “someday” — or probably never. I walked and walked, sometimes in circles. I stopped complaining and started knitting. I grew tomatoes.
Most of all, I became less timid and squeamish, and I don’t feel that fearful insecurity about new things the way I used to.
I’ve been struck by the number of people who’ve said about even mundane things that they’ve always wanted to try that, whether it was making pasta, going tubing, or listening to records that were boxed up for 20 years.
I am introverted with no special talents, but I feel a new confidence, and I marvel at the excitement around every corner. I don’t believe in blessings, but I know that I am blessed, and I thank the universe and my family and friends for giving me an interesting life.
Life is full of special moments, and instead of letting your ideas of things you’d like to do flit through your mind and disappear with a wistful “someday,” get out there and do them.
Most of the things you’ll do “someday” won’t happen on their own. If you want to fly on a trapeze, you have to get to that class, and you have to climb that ladder.
101 Things in 1001 Days:
My eBook about this quest: Timid No More.
What challenge should I tackle next?
This post is over, but for posterity’s sake, here is my 11th quarterly report on completing 101 things in 1001 days.
October – December, 2013: 11th Quarterly Report
I’m not making a new list, but I’ll continue having new adventures. What should be next? Please share your ideas in the comments for wacky, nail-biting, or enlightening challenges I should try.
#11. Learn to juggle three balls: Bar Juggling Scene
#31. Record a song with me playing a bodhrán with my family: Playing the bodhrán, an Irish frame drum.
#44. Relearn how to play “Greensleeves” on the guitar: Greensleeves and the F.U. Sharp.
#46. Declutter my house: Decluttering my closets (and my life).
#50. Take a yoga class again: Laughter Yoga, or Laughing When There’s No Joke.
#53. Eat meatless at least one day a week on average (Meatless Monday).
Pasta with homemade ricotta and broccoli
Previously: Monopoly during Hurricane Irene
#73. Knit something: Of course my husband wants a pink, purple, and turquoise scarf
#75. Read at least 15 classics I’ve never read: Reading the classics.
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Previously read during this challenge:
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- My Ántonia by Willa Cather (My Ántonia Didn’t Change, But I Sure Did)
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (I Am Not Rebecca)
- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (A Christmas Quest: Solve the Riddles to Find Your Present)
- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
- Candide by Voltaire
- The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
- The Iliad by Homer
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Beyond 101 things:
- Harvest a chicken: A Chicken Experience
- Complete NaBloPoMo: Endings and Beginnings: Day 30 of Posting Every Day for NaBloPoMo
Tasks I still have to complete:
- Nothing (Yay? Boo? I am still processing how I feel about this.)
My previous reports:
- Quarterly report #1
- Quarterly report #2
- Quarterly report #3
- Quarterly report #4
- Quarterly report #5
- Quarterly report #6
- Quarterly report #7
- Quarterly report #8
- Quarterly report #9
- Quarterly report #10