I appear to have neglected to post about my latest project: unicycling.
Just over two years ago I saw unicycles for sale on some website somewhere and suddenly got the great idea of buying one. I did so, and for about three days it was the most awesome thing in my life. However I very quickly discovered that balancing on one tyre is flipping difficult, and falling off was not at all fun. The unicycle found a little corner of a room to live in and stayed there.
It was shortly after this that my parents visited me in Sydney for the first time. My brilliant father, rather than thinking I had gone mental for purchasing such a thing, thought it was a great idea, and told me that I shouldn’t give up, and that I should stick at it and one day master the art of unicycling.
Of course, as some of you know, it was just days later that my father unexpectedly passed away. You kind of forget what you were doing after that happens, and before you know it, another two years have passed and you aren’t really sure what you have done with them. But whenever I saw the unicycle sitting there in the corner of the room, Dad’s encouraging words rattled around my brain for a bit, and I would promise myself, “one day”.
“One day” happened when I saw a post on Lifehacker about Karen X Cheng and her new website, giveit100.com, where people document their progress at something for 100 days, in the form of daily ten-second videos. A brilliant idea, and a wonderful site of positive energy and friendly encouragement. I decided that my 100 would be learning to ride my unicycle.
The rest of the process is documented, in video, here: https://giveit100.com/@skels/kzer34
Honestly, if you have something you want to try your hand at, or some change you want to make in your life, you should consider signing up to giveit100.com. It’s a great incentive to have daily video spots, and so great to actually document your progress. Looking back at day 2, where I’m wobbling about and hanging onto doors in my apartment, really makes me giggle now, and is a great reminder of how far I have come.