Operation Achieve Anything: Day Three-Hundred-Eighteen, Dateline 11-14-2018

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Growth begins when we accept our own weakness.
— Jean Vanier

Good afternoon crickets. Welcome to day number three-hundred-eighteen of Operation Achieve Anything. Here we are with another late start. I think I’m already going to give up on the new strategy that I was just talking about yesterday where I was going to start staying in bed until I hit my Fitbit target of seven hours of sleep, instead of making up any missed time through a nap later in the day. Where it does feel better when the seven hours of sleep come consecutively, today it took me four hours to pick up the last two hours that I needed to meet this goal. Meanwhile, when I was making up this time through naps, I typically only end up wasting about a half-hour to get back to sleep.

I should have know better, considering I know enough about me and sleep. I’m actually kind of surprised I even thought this would be a viable option, but the good thing is, I learn from my mistakes quickly and adjust accordingly, and move on. This may be the explanation for why I feel so unstable, but at the same, it’s also probably why I always feel like I’m making progress and growing, even if this growth if only seen within myself in my effort to be a human living a justified existence.

This actually leads to yesterday’s assignment where, once again, I’m supposed to share about growth. The timing for this theme is pretty interesting because just the other day, I was thinking how interesting it is that this SNL challenge of my not only shows my growth as a writer in real-time with my most recent review being a billion times better than the first. The challenge also shows my growth as a person that you can witness by how I feel about the more offensive jokes throughout the years.

It’s interesting to find that earlier on, I was still using the excuse of, “Oh, it was just a different time,” to write off why I’ll still laugh at humor that would never fly today. As time passed, this would change to, “Wow, I can’t believe they were still getting away with that so late,” until we’re at where we are now where I now seem to questions, “How was this ever acceptable in the first place?” Even more interesting, I’m willing to bet that if you go through each review, at each exact point where you see a change in my current attitude was probably the exact point where I was using this show to defend similar jokes back in the day.

This is important to me because part of the reason I started this challenge in the first place was that fact that SNL is only six months older than me, so it provides a perfect timeline for me to plot my journey from finding everything funny to having almost no sense of humor at all. Again, I still enjoy laughing at humorous things, but I’m no longer driven to be social and/or attempt to entertain people with my jokes. I guess taking life a bit more serious might be just what I need to knuckle down and put even more serious effort in turning this writing hobby into a job, now that I have enough stories collected to fill up the rest of my life as I attempt to commit them to paper.

So there you have my answer to yesterday’s task on growth now it’s time to get to work thinking about how I will handle today’s assignment where I’m now supposed to list all of my weaknesses that hold me back from making even more significant advances in the area of growth. Of course, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s update to read what these weaknesses are. Until then, it’s now time for me to sign off 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.