Thursday, April 15, 2010

Choose (my) own adventure

I want to live biblically, learn to salsa, eat nothing but pizza for a month, drive a race car, eat locally, and try out for a reality show.

Okay, not really.

But I do love reading about the way people live, and what I love more than how-I-grew-up memoirs, are George Plimpton-esque experiments that lead to interesting experiences and fabulously wonderful reading. Because of this, I’m hoping to embark on an interesting journey and then blog about it.

So, what should I do? I could try a social experiment like “paying it forward” to various people every day for a week (or a month, or whatever). I could try something with my diet – cutting out meat or carbs or eating a certain number of vegetables with every meal. I could try something with my spending habits – shopping locally, not shopping at all, buying only sustainable products… I could try something creative too, like pursuing a new artistic pursuit every day for a week or every week for a month. Or a feat of stamina – reading the dictionary cover to cover, walking some obscene distance, learning something new every day.

I do have a regular 9-5 job which would require some semblance of normalcy. While I could eat nothing but vegetables at work, for instance, I couldn’t arrive wearing pajamas or communicating solely through American Sign Language or answering all questions with questions. So my exploits would have to be easy integrated into my work day or able to happen solely in the evenings/on the weekends.

Faithful readers, it’s time to weigh in. What could I do that would result in both a novel experience for me and interesting reading? Leave your ideas in the comments. Poll your friends; tell them to join the site and leave their own ideas in the comments. I’ll keep you posted!


Katy said...

One vote was for joining an Amateur Women's Football League but that seems to be outside the parameters of a regular work day. You could try various ways of preparing for sleep each night: stretching, reading, chamomile tea, meditation, exercise, write a list for the next day, etc. You might even come across something useful! The idea of trying a new artistic medium is a good one! Are you going for volume or expertise? If for volume, I think daily is best. If for some level of expertise, or at least understanding, then weekly probably suits. Can't wait to see what you choose. :)

Brenna said...

I am thinking, not very creatively, that a 'pay it forward' would be a good experiment. Other then that, I think trying something new artistically every day/week might be interesting. I might have to think about this a bit longer, but I like those options.

Danielle E. Brown said...

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AMB said...

At various times in my life I have tried to think positively about people, assuming good will always. It can be hard -- even for an hour -- but assuming good will when someone cuts you off or gives you a last minute assignment can be really good for you.