Operation Achieve Anything: Day Two-Hundred-Eighty-Six, Dateline 10-13-2018

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He who dies with the most toys is, nonetheless, still dead.
— Unknown

Good afternoon crickets. Welcome to day number two-hundred-eighty-six of Operation Achieve Anything. It’s Saturday, and as much as I would love to go easy and sleep off this exhausting week, I think I’m a day away from making up for my living wake time that I spent with my dog last weekend. Today, I should be able to make up for taking Monday off, and then all I need is to watch and review at least one more episode of Saturday Night Live and start to rebuild my backlog of prepared content.

I’ve been extra moody this week leading me to feel the need to explain at least one aspect of my ramblings. Sometimes I fear that while I try to explain how I landed in this apathetic headspace, I may sound like I’m either passing the blame or calling out others as evil. This is by no means my intention. As I’ve pointed out many times in the past, I come from a family of alcoholics and enablers and by default we’ve all been trained to hind both our moods and our point of views in an effort to avoid rocking any boats. With this approach to conflict resolution writing to crickets has become my outlet to explore what’s going on in my mind since I have no one in the physical world to talk to.

When I share how someone did something that hurt me, leading me to react in certain ways, I’m not trying to highlight their actions as flaws, I’m merely trying to both share and explore how I handle this situation and which coping mechanisms I may be putting to use. Even when it comes to the people who I feel may have intentional did me, I’m still interested in how or why I handled the instance, fully aware that the person in question definitely has internal issues of their own and were probably just genuinely reacting to something that doesn’t make sense to them. I’m also fully aware that I’ve also been a bad guy through others eyes while being blissfully unaware.

As they say, we’re all the heroes of our own books meaning that our individual realities and life missions might not always match, whether you find yourself in a hero vs. villain situation or you’re just two rom-com hopeless romantics staring in two completely different films. Hm… I just mixed books and movies… oh well. That’s all that I’ve got for today's intro, and it pretty much covers yesterday’s assignment as well considering the task at hand was an exact repeat from the day before where I’m supposed to practice not letting flattery go to my head. In yesterday’s post, I already shared how no one has attempted to flatter me in years, and that’s all that I’ve got for this subject.

For today’s assignment, I’m supposed to weigh out what matters to me. In order to do so, the book wants me to make three lists, one for the things that I can’t live without, one for things that I like but don’t need and the third for things that I could discard and not even notice. While making these lists, I’m supposed to think of the logic used while sorting things into the categories to see if I can start applying the concepts to start sorting out the non-physical things that clutter my head. The last step after finding what matters to me has me sharing where I fell that stand when it comes to being someone who really matters to everyone else.

Of course, this one’s going to bum me out because one of the examples to get the thinking ball rolling was to think if I were to disappear and then ponder if anyone would even notice. The sad part is, I’ve disappeared many, so I actually do know the answer. Of course, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow to read what that answer is because now it’s time to wrap this one up. With that, I bid you adieu as usual by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.