“All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”
– Steven Spielberg
My 12th challenge is done. I averaged 17 points a day, launched a semi- successful affiliate site, got more freelance work, and improved on my Spanish drastically. Aside from repeatedly failing to make my bed, and a couple instances where I didn’t feel like drawing anything, I met almost all my daily goals.
I really enjoyed doing my 12 challenges this year. They made me grow a lot as a person and I ended up meeting some really cool people because of the things I did. The kid who sat down and started this site and the man whose writing it now might as well be two entirely different people.
I was planning on closing 30 Days To X tomorrow. Every artist has a self life. I can’t see myself still working on this project 15 years from now. I’ve basically done everything that I wanted to. A lot of the things that seemed almost fantastical to me are now mundane. Having my own business, writing a popular blog, and getting fan mail, were all things that I could only have imaged. Now they’re part of my regular life.
I stayed up all night thinking about this past year and all the things I’ve done. I also thought about everyone who helped me, and all the people that I ended up helping too. At five in the morning I woke up and deleted my farewell post.
Blogging might take time, but it does good. Whether it’s helping a college student start their own web business, inspiring some guy to hit the gym, or making people laugh and forgot their problems for a few minutes; the site has given back. If I can keep helping people I’ll keep writing.
Aside from getting the chance to give back, I also felt that I should keep growing as a person. There’s a line from Men In Black that I really like. It goes: “Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”
When I launched this site I thought it would take months to hit 10,000 views. I was over 24,000 by the end of March. I thought it would take years before I could figure out how to make money online. By November I was able to quit my job. By February I’ll be in my own apartment. I’m only 20 now, it would be stupid for me to think that I’d already hit my full potential.
While I haven’t come up with a full list of activities for 2014, I promise you that I’ll keep doing challenges.