What posts in June? Oh, thooooose thirty posts in June… again. It seems that for the fourth year in a row I’ve climbed aboard the daily blogging train and continued that monumental, multi-year writing effort to string a topic or idea across the vast reaches of years. Each day a new post on a new topic, but on the same blog-per-day topic as last year, creating another set of Those 30 Posts in June. Today, that post just happens to be:
June 27th // Something You Want to Win
I’ve been thinking about this post quite a lot over the day. That’s the whole point of these thirty topics, though, isn’t it? To make me think, ponder, and write outside my comfort zone. And while I was pondering and stretching the limits of my personal sphere of topic-based creativity, I was trying to fill in the gap on this question.
I mean, that’s not an odd thing: sometimes the idea just fits, or there is something relevant that falls into place, or some stroke of semi-genius hits me a few days in advance and the words just flow. But –and you know I’m not an uber-competitive person by any means– asking myself what I want to win… it was a stumper.
There are the obvious topics: a race, because y’know I’m always writing about running. But then winning isn’t so much on my mind these days so much as the act of full recovery and getting back up to a level of fitness where I don’t feel like I’ve slipped down a very slippery slope of laziness.
There are the intangibles: the lottery, which I don’t play, or one of those instant win things from a drink or a fast-food meal, which I rarely get but for which I see advertised all the time because, well, I work adjacent to a shopping mall and within spitting distance of four food courts.
There are the random things: I occasionally put my name into the GoPro daily giveaway, or enter my email into some random contest at work. Sometimes I do win stuff –for example I won a National Park Pass a few weeks ago– but most of the time, as it goes for most of us, I don’t.
But then I thought –after letting it run through my head all day and sitting her confronted with a blank screen– winning at something bigger (if I can extrapolate that term a little bit) has been a bit of a life changing philosophy for me for the last couple years. I don’t mean getting more aggressive, or treating every day like a battle, no. Instead, treating life like a game: looking at it as though the effort is something that I can think about strategically and assertively, and that actively playing that game rather than passively accepting my roll of the dice is the course I’d prefer to take.
We were talking about career stuff at work today, a rare topic, but it comes up on occasion. And having earlier mentioned to one of my co-workers about the whole live-blogging plug-in extension and WordPress coding that I had been doing, he wrapped back around to that in comment I made about sometimes feeling like I’d been coasting a bit. “If you’re staying up coding for WordPress in your spare time, I’d hardly call that coasting.” He said. I guess the opposite of coasting is playing, right? And if you’re playing, I suppose you’re also playing to win.
For what it’s worth, I think I’ve been playing life pretty good these days. And I think I’d like to win… whatever that means.