I’ll definitely be sticking to the easy version of today’s challenge.
When I had the bright idea to attempt multiple challenges in a single day, I didn’t consider the fact that this challenge falls on a Monday, my most draining of the week — not to mention a Monday following the big beach volleyball tournament. Sun and sand and sports make Angela a very tired girl. I barely have enough energy to type this post, but it’s the last day of the challenge so I must persevere!
As you can see, I’ve completed the self-portrait part of the task. Notice the fat lower lip that complements my lovely sunburn? As they say here in Korea, “Nice-uh!”
Okay, so let’s get down to the reflecting and sharing part of the task.
I’ll start with a funny story.
Yesterday, my friend Stephen asked me how the challenge was going. I was telling him about it when another male friend interrupted us to compliment Stephen’s hair. It was slightly awkward, and I was a little irritated that our conversation had been derailed by a superficial observation. Then I remembered the Day 18 challenge, Share Every Compliment. My reaction changed from irritation to appreciation. I then explained Day 18 and commended him for speaking the kind words. He replied with something like, “Yeah, I always share every compliment. That’s why people think I’m creepy.”
I had to laugh because his delivery was awesome, but also because it’s true, and it reinforces the discussion that occurred on the Day 18 blog page. Compliments, sadly, are a tricky business.
While we’re on the subject, I noticed something else about compliments: I’m not as good at accepting them as I thought.
This weekend, I proved that, while I may not be a star volleyball player, I can serve the ball pretty well. It’s the one contribution I felt I made to the team. Ironically enough, every time my teammates would praise me after a string of solid serves, I would mess up. It’s like the pressure of the praise was too much for me to take. Clearly I have more work to do in that department.
Let’s see. What else did I learn this month?
Well, for starters, when I created the list, I couldn’t help but imagine how the challenges might turn out. I didn’t really have expectations, but I had general ideas about what I would do to fulfill them. None one of them played out as I thought they would.
For instance, Bin Laden’s death occurring on Day 2 (Avoid the News) was almost comical. Who could have predicted that? Or the fact that the documentary I chose is now influencing my vacation plans. Or that, on any other day besides today, I might be able to make more eloquent observations.
It strikes me that this is exactly like life: Unpredictable and connected — always.
Alright, it’s time to wrap this up, but I can’t publish this final challenge without acknowledging my father and uncle. They have been the ultimate — and unexpected — steadfast participants during this 30 days. Hearing their stories and having their support is a gift I will always cherish.
Thank you to all the other people who have shared feedback and kind words as well. It really means a lot to me.
One last thing: This challenge confirmed for me that it’s both easy and fun to spread positive energy. Let’s all do it more often!
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