About 100 Days

 

10264I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

I have reached a point in my life where things are getting stale. I go to work, take care of the kids, and often do the same thing over and over again. Zombie. I spend too much time looking ahead, or behind, and not enough in the now.  It’s not possible to live a meaningful day all the time… or is it? Am I seeing the true beauty of this life?

Every day is passing whether I want it to or not. A habit takes about 30 days to create or break. 100 days will only make them stronger. Plus, 100 Days of Awesome sounds pretty cool to me.

There are so many things I am happy about in my life. My kids, my friends, a great job, my health, my mind,  but there can be more…purpose. I want to live deliberately in the moment…NOW.

I can worry. I don’t exercise as much as I could. I can feel down from time-to-time. I could be better at budgeting my money. I have lots of little things that I keep putting off for another day. I don’t breathe right sometimes. I used to write a lot but that slipped away from me. My mind can be chaotic at night before bed. And what about all the reading I used to do? Do I stay in contact with my family and friends as much as I should? Where am I going? Do I appreciate what I have? What are things I want to do that I have never done? When my children speak to me am I truly there? Some days I am so unfocused, going to the store with a list of things to buy, and still having a hard time remembering what I am there for. Is this what I want in my life?

This past weekend, while searching through the refrigerator for some food, when I wasn’t even really hungry, an idea crawled into my brain. 100 Days of Awesome. The idea has grown since then.

First, what it is not.  It’s not about becoming rich or powerful. It’s not about dieting. It’s not a list of things you need to do to clean your kitchen. It’s not life hacking.

The goal is a purposeful life that is worth living.   It is about building a life that has meaning. It’s about finding peace. It’s about happiness. It’s about ending the endless cycles that run through my brain over and over. It’s about being mindful in the now. It is about really seeing and hearing those I love. It is about loving the little things. It is about trying new things, exploring.  It is whatever I want it to be. It may even change as time goes on.

This website is my journey through 100 Days of Awesome. This is not a complete idea, it will evolve as I do. It could end up a great big mess, but isn’t that what life is anyway? It’s going to be fun.  Care to join me?

-Eric

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