As I write this post, it’s 1:00 PM on a Monday afternoon, and I’m lying on the couch watching season 4 of “Psych” on DVD while enjoying a coffee ice cream cone. For me, that’s living on the edge.
Or at least it has been for a while. But, believe it or not, I’m ready for a little adventure. In fact, I’m ready to declare the a whole year of adventure!
I know, I know. I declared 2009 the year of adventure, and then did it again in 2010. And so far this year isn’t looking too adventurous.
But I have a plan, my friends.
I’m calling it The 12 Project – 12 adventures in 12 months, with the possibility of 12 trips to the emergency room.
In other words, one adventure a month for a whole year. And you get to help pick the adventures!
I’m not necessarily talking about adventures like scaling Mt. Everest or jumping out of an airplane. I’m talking about doing things I’ve never done before, and stretching myself outside of my comfort zone.
It could be trying out a new job. Giving blood, maybe. Skiing. Learning a new language, taking cooking classes, riding a motorcycle, canoeing, whitewater rafting. Going hunting with darling husband David, although that would probably be punishment for him and I don’t know if he deserves that. Swimming with the dolphins, something I’d wanted to do for my 30th birthday and chickened out.
So here’s the deal. For the next couple of months I’ll be taking suggestions for adventures, and I’ll begin my first adventure in January 2011. I’ll chronicle them here – the adventure along with the planning and follow up. And while I’m committing to one adventure a month, I’ll also blog about any other side adventures I tackle along the way.
Why would I do this? Because in the years I’ve been writing humor columns, the ones that have gotten the biggest responses have been ones where I talk about stupid things I’ve done or how I’ve injured myself doing seemingly simple tasks. And I’m running out of experiences, since I spend 99% of my time alone with the dogs.
So here’s your chance to really watch me make a spectacle of myself. Some adventures I’ll pick myself, and others I’ll have readers vote on. I’ll blog, take pics and even video when I can.
So put your thinking caps on, dear readers, and start sending in your adventure ideas! There are a few things to keep in mind:
1) The adventure must be legal. (Duh.)
2) My finances are in very, very short supply. So if you suggest that I fly to Hawaii to learn to hula (which I would of course video and put up on YouTube) you have to also come up with a way to pay for the adventure. Although that wouldn’t really count because I have been to Hawaii and I did take a hula lesson. See, you’re going to have to be craftier than that!
3) The adventure shouldn’t be something that would permanently alter me physically – although I might consider a tattoo and cutting my hair or changing the color. But no boob jobs or facelifts. You get the picture.
4) I am not afraid to embarrass myself for the sake of my craft. Such as it is.
So be creative. If you know me at all, you know which of my fears to exploit.
That’s it! Send your ideas to email@example.com or leave them in the comments section. Then check back on the blog for updates.
So get those ideas flowing and be ready to join me for 12 months of adventure! And remember, if it’s your idea that sends me to the hospital, you get to sit with me in the emergency room.