Operation Achieve Anything: Day Thirty-Seven, Dateline 2-6-2018

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Good morning Crickets. Welcome to day number thirty-seven of Operation Achieve Anything. I’m still feeling sick as a dog so please excuse me if I end up rambling even more than usual or struggle to stay on point. This has been the first time in quite a while where I’ve been sick enough to the point of being bedridden, with not even enough energy to sit at my computer.

It’s weird how long the day feels when I don’t have my usual routine to keep my mind busy. It makes me wonder how I ever use to pull off binge TV watching back in my couch potato days. Then again, those were simpler times were, though multi-tasking technology was available, it wasn’t quite ever present which lessened the pressure of having to feel that you were always on the go.

I didn’t expect the above paragraph to turn into an observation as to how things have changed but luckily it did because it’s the perfect transition into sharing my results from yesterday’s assignment. This week’s theme seems to focus on building observation skills. This is another area where I don’t think that I need all that much help but I fully understand why the book is pushing its importance.

You see, I grew up in a chaotic house as the second born child who stereotypically fell into the role as the peacekeeper who always attempted to defuse any conflict through humor. That meant that I always had to keep my eye n everyone in the room to search for signs of an inevitable explosion. Granted, my efforts to keep things calm would only work up to a certain point but I do feel that it’s part of the reason that I have hyper-observational skills.

I also feel that these observation skills play into why I think that I might have a hint of autism. I was a bit of a space cadet as a child and would only actively interact with a handful of people who were super close and giving me the right attention. In order to get over my shyness, I started to steal bits and pieces of personality traits from my favorite comedians and actors to develop my own persona. I wasn’t just stealing jokes or routines, I was stealing my favorite parts of their personalities which takes a lot of observation skills to be able to find the gold.

 Between these two aspects of my upbringing, I might go as far as to say that my ability to observe might be stuck in overdrive. I think this might be why so many people used to say that I was quick-witted when really I was just noticing things that other might just glance over. Sometimes I feel like this ability is actually a curse as I often see signs of disappointing times in real time as things develop while everyone tells me that I’m just overthinking if not paranoid.

Unfortunately, what I just shared, doesn’t really meet the needs of yesterday’s assignment which was simply to observe as much as I could and then share a list of observations and how they helped me come to any decisions that might have come up throughout the day. As I said, I was sick as a dog so the only decision I made was whether I wanted to try to sleep on either my bed or my couch. That, and whether or not to let out a miserable moan.

I’m not all that concerned that I didn’t meet all of the needs to legitimately fulfill the task at hand since I already have a good grasp on the concepts that the lesson was trying to get me to learn. As for today’s assignment, it’s almost literally the exact same thing since it simply says to do more observing with no real task to complete.

Once again, I’m heading straight to bed as soon as I finish my SNL review for the day so I’m not sure just how many observations will be made. We’ll see what I manage to come up with when I check in with tomorrow’s update. Until then, it’s now that time where I say, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.


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.