While many of the challenges are athletic, many of them are not. I have enjoyed it and it has definitely gotten me to do more things than I would have otherwise. One friend said it should be called the “Do Things Challenge” implying that a lot of the things aren’t hard. And he’s right in one way. But getting yourself to do things you wouldn’t do otherwise is a different kind of hard.
Some of it is a willingness to appear a little silly, like walking backwards for 2 kilometers or doing burpees around a track. Or it might be doing things you wouldn’t do otherwise, like climbing 22 feet up a tree, or traversing 22 feet on a natural object.
I’ve talked about the challenges with many of my friends, but so far none of them have been inspired to join me. I’m hoping that some of them do next year, because it would be fun to have some friends join me and because I hope they would get something out of it. I think there’s a personal benefit and I think others would benefit as well. Also, if my friends were doing it we could work on some of the challenges together.
A few of the things I did this year that I wouldn’t have done otherwise:
-Hold a plank for 222 seconds.-Climb a rock climb with my eyes closed.-Climb up and down a rock climb 3 times in a row without touching the ground.-Complete 2022 pull-ups, push-ups, abs, jumping jacks, kegels, squats with 25% body weight, -Wave and smile at 22 people.-Look up 22 words I didn’t know and use them in a sentence.… And over 110 other challenges.
I’m looking forward to next year’s list of challenges, doing more Hard Things and I’m hoping some others join me.