My 365 Day Challenge… Foolish or Genius?

This is about those people who decide to do “whatever” for 365 days. Why? I have no idea. Most of them tell me, why not. Here is my take on the whole thing.

PLUS, this is the reveal of my very own 365 Day Challenge! April Fools Day seems an appropriate day for this fool to announce her foolish venture.

365 Days…

It sounds so simple. So innocuous. 365 Days. Once a day. Daily. For one year. Every day for a year without missing a single one. Wait? What? Hold it.

I can say with some certainty that there is very very little (excluding things like involuntary bodily functions) that I have done every single day 356 days in a row without missing a single day. Have you? Really think about this. Especially if it’s something non-essential to your health or your family’s.

Why do it?

Who doesn’t love a cool project?
Something to get excited about. As adults, we don’t get a lot of chances to do things like this. Maybe there is a part of us that craves our younger days full of science fairs and dioramas and other school projects that our parents just loved to help with – and transport to school on a morning where they are inevitably running late.

When you phrase it simply, a 365 day challenge sounds pretty cool.
I am going to do (x) every day for 365 days. This is going to be fun! You start thinking of all the cool ways to do (X). Then how you will send it out into the world? Youtube? Facebook? Blog?

You tell your friends of your grand design.
The reaction is a combination of: You are a genius and You are a fool! Which should you listen to? Neither! Go for it.

You are insane, but aren’t all creative geniuses?

Seriously. How many times have you wished there were more hours in the day? I am wishing that right now!

Why on earth would you want to add more to do. Why be insane enough to require it daily for an entire year?

No skipping. Ever. For 365 consecutive days. One missed day is failure. No pressure or anything. How will you feel on day 200 when you have a million other things to do and you just barely have time to squeeze this one in? Or day 250 when you are grasping at straws for one idea let alone over one hundred more.

How will you feel on day 365 when you finish that last one? AWESOME! At least I suppose you would. Maybe you will just be tired and glad the darn thing is done. Nah, I bet it feels awesome.

It’s all about fame and money!

Fame and Money. Isn’t that what everyone does everything for? Especially if it involves youtube or a similar social media. It is all about going viral! Alright, so no one has actually said that to me. Some are trying to spread interest or awareness. Some are honestly just expressing themself. What I want to say to them is – DON’T SELL  YOURSELF SHORT.

The first 365 Day challenge I ever saw was Skull A Day by Noah Scalin.

He made one skull a day for 365 days using different material. Then he made is into a book. He has an awesome blog. He sells merchandise. YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! Maybe I will beat you to it….

My 365 Day Challenge – Haiku a Day!

I will be writing one haiku or micropoem every day for 365 days in a row. Each one must be inspired by a different object.

Why Haiku?
Because they are short and easy, and fun!
Plus, if I am going to have any chance of success, I need to start small. Brushing my teeth seemed like an undershoot. Next up was poetry. I am a poetry addict. I want to write more of it. I want to be a haiku master! But I am too lazy and unorganized to study. This will force my hand. I am excited.

Speaking of success, what are my odds?
I refuse to think about it. I am taking the “one day at a time” approach.

Inspired by me getting pelted with hail on grandpa’s deck today.

haiku 1a

Would you ever attempt a 365 Day Challenge?

ARE you attempting one now? Let me know so I can spread the word. It is all about fame and money after all, isn’t it?!


My Mom Hates Disney Movies!

Can you really hate a Disney movie?

Sure you can. Ask my mother. Well, maybe hate is too strong of a word, but she isn’t a big fan. I would like to say that I love Disney movies. They were a great part of my childhood. I still watch them, the classics and the new ones. I can, however, see my mother’s point.

My mother has two primary complaints about Disney films; the amount of orphan characters and that they are full of death and violence. For those two reasons, she finds Disney movies very upsetting, even traumatizing. Extreme? Maybe a little. Though, this is the same woman who can’t watch nature videos where the big cats are hunting. She most certainly does not want a front seat to the circle of life – real or fictional.

Death and Orphans

These seem to be common themes among Disney films, particularly the classics. Think about it. An awful lot of Disney characters are missing one or both parents. Cinderella, Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Mowgli, Rapunzel, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Ariel, Belle, Simba, Nemo, Tiara, Lilo and Nani,… none of these characters have two parents. I am sure there are more. These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

doe by R0Ng on flickr doe by R0Ng on flickr

Don’t forget the death, traumatic and violent death! I understand that some of these movies are adaptations of fairytales and the main character as an orphan is an essential part of the story.  Cinderella, my favorite Disney movie, would not work if dear daddy was in the picture. A common reason that kids are orphans is that the parents die. But did Disney really need to include the scene where daddy dies in front of the house? In front of his daughter!

Disney writers seem sure to burn that traumatic parental death scene into your brain. Bambi for example – dad gets shot, mom dies in a forest fire. I can see both scenes clearly even though it has been many many years since I have watched Bambi. The Lion King is another violent one. And I will forever be traumatized by the scene in Finding Nemo where his mom gets eaten. I happen to think the movie could have worked just fine without killing the mom. Seriously, Disney. Were you jonesing that badly to go back to the classic gruesomely murdered parent scene. Why?!

Clownfish by on flickr Clownfish by on flickr

Finding Nemo would have worked just as well if mom was still swimming around. I would have liked to see a nagging mom sending the neurotic dad out to the open ocean to find the son that got kidnapped on his watch. Really, isn’t being disabled and kidnapped enough misery without Nemo losing his mom to a ravenous whatever it was?

I am all for Disney’s tradition of characters overcoming obstacles, but at times I think they go a little far. Maybe  they coud be sure the orphan status is essential to the story. Maybe don’t layer on the traumas. Maybe hire less sadistic writers!

Enough with the horrible death scenes! There are sensitive viewers watching. Thirty-something women and their mothers can take only so much!

What is your favorite Disney Movie?
Your favorite Disney orphan? Death scene?