Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Sixty-Four, Dateline 6-13-2018

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Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
— Lord Byron

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-sixty-four of Operation Achieve Anything. We’ve reached the humpday of this week that I just can’t wait to be over. It’s not really that it’s been all that bad but I’m getting really antsy about payday being just around the corner. The job I have pays only once a month making it harder to spread out my spending to maintain this new phase of a paycheck to paycheck life that I’m building up to.

Yes, this new phase is way better than always being broke but at the same time, this pace of getting paid creates a feast or famine situation to where most of the money will be spent the moment the check gets in my hand, especially considering the fact that this won’t even be a full first check. It also doesn’t help that I’ve been scraping by, making far less for over a year so these first three or four paychecks will be going towards neglected areas of my life.

However, once I do get caught up, I’m excited to settle into a somewhat more comfortable life but for now, I kind of feel stuck in limbo. Thankfully, I have this blog and other projects to keep this from getting me down. With that, let's delve into the Achieve Anything… assignments I’m here to report on, in order to make my day.

First, for yesterday’s task, I was supposed to practice laughing at my failures and my flaws. As I said the last time that the Achieve Anything… book was focused on the theme of laughter, I used to fully agree that laughter helped me to get through my struggles but there it got to the point where I was literally laughing everything off, even the whole point to this stupid human existence where everyone with any power claims to be doing what’s best for us all while, at the same time, treating this planet like they stole it and are now riding it until the wheels fall off as we all laugh at satirical news.

This outlook on the world is extra frustrating because it mirrors the way that I run my own life and the world is supposed to be better than me. Sometimes I feel like the whole concept of laughter being the best medicine is true in that it’s a short-term cure for a symptom that comes nowhere near providing an actual cure. To make things worse, many of these failures that I used to fondly laugh at are now connected to nothing but the chuckleless pain.

This actually leads into today’s assignment that asks me to contemplate on the old “laughter is the best medicine” cliché that I just mentioned. When I write these posts, I type up the results of the prior day’s task before I even read the current assignment so I had no idea that when I used the “best medicine” cliché myself, that the book would also be delving into the same topic.

Oh well, I guess that just means that you already have a pretty good idea of what I have to say when I check in with tomorrow’s update. Until then, it’s now time for me to wrap this thing up, in order to rush through my day job and get back to doing nothing. With that, I will bid you adieu 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.