The Challenge: Talk in a phony voice or accent to a complete stranger.
This was by far the hardest challenge for me yet. Why do I care what others think about me? I failed miserably the first time and had to “try again.” My first attempt was at a “Will Call” booth at a concert we went to (Andrew Peterson’s concert, which was awesome, by the way.) I started with my British accent, which quickly turned into my Wisconsin accent (which means my normal voice). It was tough being face to face with this guy, looking right at me. And my British accent really stinks, by the way. Bummer. That one stunk. So, I had to try again. After the concert we went through the drive-in at Wendy’s for some Frostys. This went pretty well. I followed through – from the ordering to visiting both windows. This challenge helped me to see how much I take myself too seriously. These people were complete strangers who I will probably never see again, yet my heart was racing. It was definitely an eye opener.
Today’s challenge scared the snot out of me. Talk about measuring how much you care what other people think of you! Of course, children don’t think twice about how silly they might look to others; this is a “skill” we gradually attain as we grow up.
Kim and I drove down to Rockford, Illinois tonight for a concert. I found my perfect opportunity to take this challenge head-on at the McDonald’s drive-thru. My English accent was FAR from perfect, but I managed to place our order and thank two different window clerks as Kim tried desperately to muffle her boisterous laughter.
Perhaps I shall try to recreate my dialogue in the video today, although I can only promise you’ll not be impressed. The important thing is that I did it, ungraceful as it may have been, and dealt a mighty blow to Adultitis.
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