It’s not necessarily “the” end, but it is an end—an end to this formalized blog about trying to do good and maybe leave the world a little better.
I’ve been trying to think about how to wrap up My 100 Days, and since lists are a good way to figure most things, I made one below. It seems to me, cataloguing it, that this effort was undeniably worth the undertaking, and since it was a typical thing for me where I was like, “F it, I do this now” I’m pretty happy with it. I was thinking if I got 10 people to get on board, I’d call it a success, and it went way beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to everyone who shared their story with me, and who got involved. Many others are grateful to you, too. Keep it up, please.
An observation on time
It’s weird to look back on this project. It seems to me that an enormous amount of time has passed, even though it’s really only a little over 3 months. Is this how time always passes? I feel like I usually forget how time moves and just find myself otherwise located somewhere else within it, not sure exactly what happened. I suppose the big picture is best marked with some significant events on a timeline: birth, major life event, major death event (death). I suspect people with kids feel this way a lot—what happened to the time? Weren’t you just a baby?
Now, I suspect people with blogs feel this way, too. This online almost-diary has organized time (the last 100 days of it) in my mind in a way that makes it seem bigger. I guess that is why it is always important to take notes.
In the end, I’d like to say this blog made me someone else, and it did a little. I’m going to keep doing my Saturday food shelf work, and I’m going to try to stay more politically motivated with phone calls, etc.—especially outside election cycles. I also realized giving to charity is easier the more you do it, so I’m gonna keep doing it more every year till I’m dead.
But if I learned any important lessons that might carry on in my life they are these:
Seeking out what you fear, dislike, and do not understand is crucial to living a better, bigger, fuller life.
The forces for good are strong and they are everywhere, and you should go looking for them in order to become them.
The forces for evil are strong and they are everywhere, and they’re more likely to come looking for you.
Blog list of big wins
- People pledged to contribute 4,325 days
- 70+ blog posts with half-a-dozen great guest blog posts
- More than 9,500 visits to the blog
- Personally learned about and gave to over 30 charities and heard from many others who likewise stepped up their donations
- Volunteered 30+ hours of time at a variety of orgs and with wonderful people
- Met some really inspiring and awesome people
- Was on a TV thing and didn’t puke from nervousness
- Attended multiple town halls, lectures, and community events
- Did 50+ hours of reading and research on issues I care about and learned a ton
- Wrote and called legislators and officials
- Paid closer attention to where and how I spend and invest my money
- Heard some inspiring speakers who expanded my worldview