Anybody remember the 100 Days of Happy?
I blogged about it back in February and was excited to give it a try.
Basically, it’s a photo challenge where you take a photo everyday of something that makes you happy, and in turn you post it to a social media site with some hashtags.
Well, it turns out not so simple.
My goal was to start it in late February and run it through June.
That didn’t work out so well. In fact, I didn’t make it to the first day!
According to the 100 Happy Days website, 71 percent of people who attempt this challenge fail it and they say it’s because of a lack of time.
I failed, but I don’t say it was for a lack of time. Honestly? I forgot about it between the time I blogged about it and the start date I had set for myself.
How about that?
But now that I’ve seen it again, I’m interested. But then I realize something – 100 days is a long time. I know there is always one or two things a day that will always make me happy. But the issue is more about making sure I upload a photo on time … or, for that matter, even take a photo.
There’s another issue – why do we have to do a project to be happy each day. And why does it need to be on social media?
I truly do like the idea of the project. I’m not saying I won’t revisit it sometime later down the line. But I also wonder if I’d stick with it. When you get into long photo challenges – the daily ones – it can sometimes be a hard and tedious task to continue it. There are days you just don’t want to try and take a photo. It’s why I haven’t really tried the 365 in a few years. It gets hard.
And say, for example, I got to Day 85 and just plain forgot, or was sick, or whatever … I’d be pretty livid over “failing,” when in reality it wasn’t truly a failure.
Photos, to me, are something special. I don’t like “forcing” myself to have to take certain images. I just like to take photos and sometimes these challenges make it no fun. I like monthly (or even weekly) challenges because it gives you time to think a little. The daily ones can sometimes get really hard.
I also don’t think I have to document photos for 100 days to show I’m happy.
But, as I said, maybe in the future I’ll give it a go. But … as we saw from the last attempt, it doesn’t always work out so well!
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