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The new year is off and running; did you make a new year’s resolution?
Neither did I.
Folks always ask, and I always tell them the same thing: “Well, they’re not necessarily bad, but…” Making a commitment to exercise more or lose 10 pounds or grow my own backyard vegetables never seems to work out — after all, it’s three hundred and sixty five days that I’d have to commit to a specific, unchanging goal. If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I like variety. Lots and lots of it.
So that means I’m back to square one.
If you’re anything like me, there’s hope. “Thing-A-Day” may be the project for you. Starting today, January 25th, individuals are welcome to register at the Thing-A-Day website; the concept behind the project is simple. For the month of February, every day, create one thing and post it to the website. Your “thing” can take any shape or form, the important part is to be “doing”.
I think Thing-A-Day is a great idea, and not just for all the obvious reasons. A part of me responds to the more intangible promises the project offers, which is something I don’t get with my new year’s resolutions: a sense that I can actually “do it”, see the project through to the end, because the end is easily in sight. Twenty eight days is far more manageable than three hundred and sixty five, right? In my mind, a new year’s resolution is an interminable amount of time, in which I expect that I will invariably stop doing whatever it was I promised myself that I would do. After that, I spend an untold amount of time feeling terrible/guilty/obligated to the amorphous goal which I initially set unreasonably high for myself at the very beginning.
So that means I’m back to square one, yet again.
There are a couple of big plus-marks in my book, in regards to Thing-A-Day. It’s a short, yet finite amount of time (28 days — the shortest month!), I can create art in a concise manner each day (it’s good practice to work faster), and it keeps me honest with myself (“C’mon Jennie, making something today isn’t really that big of a deal…”).
So that’s why I went ahead and signed up. After all, it’s just a month. Twenty eight days. There are twenty four hours in each of those days. I can certainly carve out a small niche of time each and every day, in order to make something; I’ll consider it a small personal victory for Art. And at the end of the month, I’ll have a kick-ass collection of groupings, almost like snapshots of my daily thought process. A timeline for the month, if you will.
At least that’s what I’m hoping it will look like.
PPS: take a look at some of Kerri Smith’s awesome work from last year