Rediscover something from your past. Visit a place from your childhood where you felt safe, eat a meal your parents used to cook for you, or visit an old friend who changed your life. Do it because life may have moved you away from these things, but that doesn't mean they're gone forever.
Try something you haven't experienced in 5 or more years, because
old is the new new!
Why:You've spent the last four months meeting, creating, exploring, and learning- let's take a minute to remind ourselves of who we are. Remember, who we are and who we become is founded on who we once were. There are elements of everyone's life so far forgotten that rediscovering them can be life altering. Some activities may have been menial, but we lost sight of them when we "became adults". Isn't it time to find these again? See what this voyage of rediscovery brings to your life!
Try things that may not have been fun, but were given up on because they were difficult.
Maybe you won't even like these things anymore. But it's about trying, isn't it?
Bonus points!Keep up the previous month's challenges! If you meet up with old friends, take them to do new things!
Trivia:That guy who was a jerk to you in middle school is currently getting bitten by raccoons out behind an Arby's dumpster. I did the research, so I know it to be true. You should probably go help him out, I hear raccoons carry rabies.
Resources:FaceBook - Track down old friends and stak your exes*
*please do not stalk your exes. The Brave New in no way condones online stalking of that girl who got away. The one who you went on a few dates with, but then she moved away, and you're pretty sure if
she just saw how awesome you were, she'd realize you were meant to be.
COME BACK TO ME MELISSA!
Why: RL Stine was a prolific author during my childhood- his horror series “Goosebumps” spawned a lifelong interest in horror for me. Honestly, I was reading Steven King novels by the time I was in fifth grade, so these were a brief stopover until I could get my paws on some real literature, but they were important nonetheless.
How long HAS it been: ~18 years?
What were they then: I don’t remember much, just that the covers were a lot scarier than the stories contained therein.
What is it now: I’d like to report that this was a frivolous and easy task, that I blew through the entire book in 20 minutes, uninterested and unstimulated. Sadly, after picking up “Say Cheese and Die” from the children’s section of my local library, I found it to be… surprisingly engaging. Sure, the characters were undeveloped and far too many of the sentences end with exclamation points, but overall it’s a story I’d enjoy reading to a child, and a story I enjoyed for myself. It was like a campfire story told by someone with a mild case of fetal alcohol syndrome.
Interestingly enough, almost the entirety of the story could be successfully gleaned by just looking at the cover art and title of the book. I was somewhat frustrated that the characters couldn’t realize the obvious prophetic nature of the camera they found in the dusty basement of old man Coffman’s house, but I guess they were unable to see their own cover art.
Notes: This book had a few parts that seemed oddly familiar. Not because I remembered reading it, which I didn’t, but because it rang true to a news story I recalled. I looked up the kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas, and sure enough, the parallels were noticeable. I wish I had not done that, as that made the book much more of a downer than it should have been.
Also it appeared around page 110 R.L. Stine was just like, “Shazbot!” (In my mind good ol RL talks like Mork. But I digress) “Shazbot! I need to finish this! Let’s throw in some guy who can personify evil, so he can be conclusively killed, lending a sense of finality to the story.” So in ten pages, a character is introduced, killed, and I can graduate the third grade feeling accomplished.
In case you were wondering, here’s the spoiler. THE CAMERA IS EVIL. There. I just saved you about 45 minutes of reading obscenity free juvenile literature.
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