Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

sands-of-timeToday makes the beginning of the last 100 days of the year.

In the past, I’ve done, or tried to do, something special for the last 100 days.

A couple of years ago, I kicked off a vlog a day. I succeeded in that, but the more important lesson was… I’m really not cut out to do a vlog a day.

Last year, I threatened to do 100 movies in 100 days. That didn’t quite pan out. Heck, this year I’ve been keeping track and I haven’t even watched 100 movies in the last 265 days. There’s no way I’m going to watch and write about 100 before the end of the year.

And then, via good ol’ Facebook’s “On This Day” feature, I was reminded that about seven years ago this was one of the best weekend of my life… and the last really solid one before a lot of things started fraying.

Around that same time, I kind of started a 100 day countdown challenge thing. Bought a URL and everything to spin it up into “A Thing”…. that went nowhere. Which is exactly where most of the other projects I’ve started in the past decade or so have gone.

So for the past week, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to decide if I wanted to actually try something again. Knowing full well, of course, that I likely wouldn’t succeed… and that it would stress me out (that volgging thing certainly did).

I’ve decided that, no, I won’t be doing any one big thing. I don’t have the time, energy, or mental bandwidth for that. There’s still too much about my life that keeps me from functioning at 100 percent for regular stuff, I’m not going to promise myself or anyone else anything that’ll degrade that even more.

Then what’s the point of this post?

Well, first I think it’s important to make note of things. Even if they’re vaguely unpleasant reminders of how little actual progress there’s been. Even if they can be downright depressing. They’re still a marker along the path that you can measure progress–no matter how meager–when looking back later. And at worst, they let you realize you’ve slid backward… which is a super useful thing if you care enough for that to bother you.

What I am going to do in these next 100 days is a handful of little things.

Cleaning up various websites of mine. Fully decommissioning others (every now and then I’ll get a notice from a WordPress site I launched back in 2011 or 2012 as part of some grand plan that I completely forgot about). Maybe I’ll really try NaNoWriMo again instead of just signing up and accepting failure out of the gate. I really should finish a book or two that’ve been sitting not quite done next to my bed for ages.

Little things.

Like grains of sand.

They really add up when you gather a bunch of them in one place.

What are you going to do over the next 100 Days?

About Kier

I've been on the web since about 1994. I have a background in a lot of things, including a five year stint as a journalist and over a decade of helping people get their message out to the world.

I write on a number of subjects--everything from relationships to personal development to politics and every day life. I hope you get something worthwhile out of it.

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