Even though I’m not a particularly competitive person, there’s nothing quite like a challenge. Right now, I’m in preparation for two.
The first: National Novel Writing Month, the annual call for writers to pen 50,000 words during the month of November. This will be my fourth round and the first time with twelve brave students who willingly enrolled in the course (plus the one who’s done it with me from the beginning). Every year, part of me considers not doing it, but every year, it’s impossible to resist when students are anxious to take up the challenge with me.
The second: something I never thought that I would do. My mom turns 50 this year. So after some peer pressure from some friends and family at a 4th of July party, she decided that she wanted to do a half-marathon.
The truth: neither of us have ever been runners. But something wild and impetuous overtook her that afternoon, and she somehow managed to talk me into joining her. So, now we both are training for our first half-marathon. Fortunately, a couple of years of intentionally working out (first to lose some weight then to become stronger and healthier) means that I’m not starting at zero. Otherwise, I don’t think that I would survive the trek in February.
Do you enjoy a challenge? Have you recently undertaken one or plan to conquer one soon?