Day 24— One. Week. Left.

The title insinuates this 30 Day Writing Challenge has been dreadful. It suggests I can’t wait for it to finally be over…

100% false.

I say “one. week. left” because, in a way, I’m surprised how well it’s going. Day 24 is an eye-opener; a sign that I’m about to crush my goal!

Let me be clear

I didn’t begin this challenge under the assumption I’d eventually give up or quit.

I did start on a whim, however.

It was a spur of the moment decision to write on Medium for 30 days straight — I didn’t really contemplate the outcome. I didn’t question if it would be easy or difficult. I just went for it without a whole lot of expectations.

Despite this spontaneous inception, I knew I was committing to the task. When I say I’m going to do something, I intend to back up my word in full.

Just do it

Thinking back, I wonder what would’ve happened if I didn’t devote myself 24 days ago. What if I decided to “sleep on it.” I question if I would have made it to where I’m at now…

Sometimes, you need to act on an impulse.

Hear me out

Yeah, I know “act on impulse” isn’t necessarily the greatest advice to give. In certain situations though, I think it’s beneficial.

When you know something is for the greater good of your well-being, you have to listen to your instincts.

Take these for example: Going to the gym, starting a project, practicing a skill, attending a seminar, starting a month-long regimen. You know all of these will lead to good things! No question about it.

So, why don’t we always do what we know is good for us?

Because we overthink.

We start considering all the work, time, and effort involved. We foresee all the little ways it can turn into a nuisance. We allow our worries, doubts, and criticisms to creep in and ever so eloquently talk us out of it.

Once you start thinking logically, you stop thinking ambitiously.

Don’t think, act

I’m glad I chose to start as soon as I felt the inclination. I can only imagine the excuses I would have come up with if I took the time to “weigh it out.”

I’m thankful to have followed to my gut, rather my rationale. I’ve come quite the distance.

Now, I’m closing in on my goal; I can see the light.

Sometimes you’ve got to take a chance! I encourage you to do the same :)

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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Alec Zaffiro

Alec Zaffiro

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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