2007-06-17

monthly challenges

Lately I've been into challenging myself by setting arbitrary rules for my behavior, usually for a one-month period. The idea is to learn or grow through this exercise. Some things I've tried so far:

  • Going vegetarian for a month. This didn't feel all that enlightening at the time, but for other reasons I've since become full-time vegetarian..

  • Going super-low-carb for a month. This was very educational, as I learned how amazingly addicted I was to sugar. I would encourage anyone interested in learning about themselves to cut out refined carbs (e.g. bread) and sugar for as little as a week. Even if you're eating fruit (I was), it'll be an eye-opener.

  • Being silent one day a week. No speaking at all. I've only tried this one day so far (yesterday).

  • Going to bed at 9:00pm every night. I didn't quite manage 9:00, but I was very close most nights.




Here are some ideas I have for future challenges:

  • Use only my left hand for all but two-handed activities.

  • Being celibate, including masturbation

  • Drinking alcohol at least once a day

  • Eating only raw food

  • Getting up at dawn every day



I'd be interested in hearing what challenges others have tried, and what suggestions others have for personal growth and exploration.

1 comment:

  1. I've been getting up at dawn everyday whether i like it or not. Blasted bright California day-star...

    I should drink alcohol once a day. Maybe i'd finish my tech report sooner.

    P.S. Also, wtfvegetarian? This happens to all my friends..

    P.P.S. I should try that carb thing, sounds like fun

    P.P.P.S. Do you exercise regularly? Try doing pushups every day. Each time you do them, do one more than the day before.

    P.P.P.P.S. I also sometimes hold my breath for as long as i can, just for kicks

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