The Challenge: Spend ten minutes doing something outside that you have never done before.
Today I rode a skateboard. This is something I always wanted to do as a kid but never owned one or really knew anyone who owned one that I could borrow. I was a little freaked out. It didn’t help that because of the timing of the day I ended up trying it in the dark and on a slight hill. Yikes! At the beginning I was a little overzealous and I decided to ride it down the slanted driveway. After almost loosing my balance and wiping out, I decided that uphill was a good way to start – not downhill! It was fun, but I had a hard time enjoying it because I felt like at any given moment I would fall and break my head. Oh well, at least I can say I’ve done it now.
Today’s solution to this challenge put me into the “ridiculous weirdo” category. While laying in bed this morning, I tried to come up with something that I could do for today’s challenge. The big sticking point was the word “never.” I’m no Boy Scout, but there isn’t a whole lot of things I haven’t done outside at one time or another. Okay, I’ve never jumped out of a plane, braved the rapids, or went skiing. But these were not options today, for a variety of reasons.
One thing I love doing outside is walking. I do that a lot. And then I thought to myself, “Yes, but have you ever done it backwards?” Clearly this was a preposterous thought not worth pursuing, so I tried to come up with something a bit more “safe.” And sane.
But it wouldn’t go away. So at 8:45 this morning, I got out of bed, threw on my shoes and a coat, and headed outside for a 10-minute backward walk. Part of the reason I felt compelled to do it was because I spend way too much time worrying about what other people think of me. Maybe not as much as some people, but more than I’d like to. Kids couldn’t give a rat’s rear end about what people think of them. I need to be more like that.
My backwards walk was a pretty liberating experience. Just a couple observations…It is very difficult to walk in a straight line while walking backwards. I’m pretty sure that people who saw me — yes, there were plenty of those — thought I was insane and drunk. Walking backwards takes a lot longer than walking forward, and I ended up using leg muscles that I didn’t know I had. I got quite the workout, especially walking up hills.
Perhaps I have a new workout sensation on my hands.
So, who was most creative with today’s challenge? Who went beyond the comfort zone and put the biggest hammer on Adultitis? Who did a better job of capturing the spirit of childhood, Kim or Jason? Cast Your Vote!
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Audio Sneak Peek