To catch you up on this potentially criminal plan, last week we had a great interview with Erica Bauermeister, author of Joy for Beginners. In it, we talked about the idea of trying something new, scary, or different and how we tend to not do those things as we get older. In Erica’s book, one woman gets a challenge given to her, and in turn she challenges 6 of her friends to try something new, scary or different with the catch that she gets to pick the challenge for them. Sometimes our friends know us better than we know ourselves.
Well, we modified it a bit and asked for your challenges, stating in advance that if we selected your challenge we would be giving one back to you. We received several private emails with challenges and ideas, but there were many of you not quite ready to put yourself in the ring and accept a challenge from us. (Hey, we’re not that scary, are we?) We loved hearing from you, but none of those count. You have to be willing to accept a challenge in return.
We narrowed down the legal entries to leave only things that would be new, scary, or different for us. That left out Darin’s excellent suggestion for a group charity event (though we are probably going to pursue that again in the future) and the idea for babysitting kids (which we’ve both already done). We’ve even given up the booze before when I was training for the half-marathon (and for most of my 20s, strangely enough) and we already donate to charity. The eating of bugs has already been discussed and planned for, so it wouldn’t be new (I love trying new foods, as you could tell by the haggis video earlier this week).
So that leaves Warren selling his photographs and the two of us volunteering at an orphanage in Thailand. We opted this time for something we could do together so we could have two different perspectives of trying the same new/different/scary thing.
The winner of the free Joy for Beginners book is Angela, who challenged us to volunteer in an orphanage. Rob probably said it best when I worried about handling the heartbreak by saying “the heartbreak is the challenge.”
The loser of the challenge is also Angela, because now she gets one back from us. We’re still thinking of what this could be since she seems to be pretty goal-oriented already. We’ll report back on that in the next few weeks as well as give you the details on the orphanage we have selected and the length and scope of our volunteering activities.
Thank you all for stepping up and contributing such great challenges (and for being open to them yourselves).
Last but not least, a great video from TED about taking new challenges. Could you try something new for 30 days? What would it be? And don’t think I’m asking just for my health, people. We have something up our sleeves. 🙂