When my friends and I started The Optimism Challenge a year ago, it was with the intention of having a daily project that would keep us busy and thus keep me from feeling homesick. Well, I was actually given a choice - they came up with 365 days’-worth of roadkill pictures and 365 days of happiness. The latter seemed more appealing. And less likely to make me puke my meals out.
I kind of feel bad for not writing about my last two Optimism posts on their actual dates, but I was out of town and several things - an April Fool’s prank that got blown out of proportion, almost getting blown away by tornadoes, the arrival of the last two Hunger Games books, SCHOOL, and Nashville - kept me from sitting down and typing my thoughts out.
But I actually finished this little endeavor, and I’m quite proud. :] Weeks ago, I looked through all my entries and was once again reminded about how pathetic I am when it comes to numbers. Somewhere during the last couple of weeks of January, I got my day numbers mixed up… That said, the last day of this challenge was supposed to be March 15. However, I was too lazy to go back and correct every single post and I figured that extra days of happiness couldn’t possibly hurt. So herp derp, here we are! Let’s just pretend that I did finish this on time and that I do have exactly 365 days.
I’m really glad I stuck with this. It was almost like… therapy. I look back at my entries - long and short, exciting and trivial - and each one brings a smile to my face because for all I know, those could have been the most awful days (and believe me, I’ve had a ton of those this past year) but I can’t seem to remember anything bad about them as I scroll through this happy tag that seems to consist of posts that are 90% about food and three-hour naps.
This was a fun project and I’m actually pretty sad that it’s over now, but I do think that I’m a much happier person because of it. To any of you who have been following it, I do hope that my little ramblings and the snapshots of my days brought you some semblance of happiness as well. :]