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Day six – apparently I’m afraid of dirty animals!!

First off – day five: I RODE A MOTORCYCLE!! I jumped on that thing with purpose, well tried but dude told me he has a few “rules” before I get on. Fine. Fine. LET ME GET ON THAT THING! Scary? Umm at times. Thrilling? Sorta. Will I do it again? Hell yes!

Day six – Believe it or not today I watched a cat* (see below) hunt and destroy a mouse. I mean the cat slaughtered this mini mouse just enough to leave it hanging on for dear life and suffer the pain while Charlie, the cat threw the thing up in the air like we were at the circus!!! This mouse was hardly bigger than an eraser- poor thing didn’t have a chance!!! Above and beyond watching the execution of this mouse today I also faced a swarm of pigeons (thank you Tasha for letting me know they’re called pigeons and not doves because these dirty birds do not deserve the status of being called doves!) A Toronto man thought it would be a good idea to feed them in the middle of the road because he “wants to have wings someday”… Me too. Nonetheless brids flying everywhere with the potential to shit all over me scares me.

*I do not even like cats and I’m sure at this point we all know how I feel about rodents

Now go face a fear; do something that scares you!

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“Is it cool if I go for a walk?” –day three 1 am

 Just say no! ‘No, it’s not fucking cool if you go for a walk.’

These were the words I should have said to my ex-travel accompanying person. No need for terms such as travel companion, travel buddy, travel partner, or anything of the sort because to convey anything positive of the travel accompanying person chosen to do this road trip with would be an untruth, a tall tale really, fit for fairytales or something lame like that!!

Context: Hour 75 of a spontaneous road trip that had no destination nor plan with an ill chosen “travel accompanying person”. Sounds great, right?! It gets better. So this followed what was a dismal 75 hours leading up to the infamous question, “Is it cool if I go for a walk?” Little did I know these previous 75 hours were a walk in the park in comparison to the next three and a half hours… when he decides it’s a good idea to leave a 22 year old girl in a dark, empty parking lot in a city 1,900 km from home. Brilliant idea, you giant asshole!

It seems there are some moments in life where you are left no option but to do something that scares you… This occasion was forced upon me because I chose an awful individual to travel with. Pretty sure the rules of traveling together include having one another’s back. Actually, I’m positive that’s a rule. Write that down and don’t forget it.

Reasons it was not cool for this travel accompanying person to go for a “walk” (whatever that means):
-there was zero indication given in the previous 75 hours that buddy would be able to walk even a block and be able to find his way back to the car
-buddy is a poor drinker, really can’t handle his alcohol
-and oh right… because that would leave me alone in the sketchy parking lot!

Lessons learned… although spontaneity is a wonderful and powerful thing, calculated spontaneity is so much more powerful (turns out safer too)! Always consider your options and always do heavy research into your travel accompanying person. References should be mandatory! *Believe me, I’m writing a book on it!!!!

I’m so happy I wasn’t afraid to tell buddy how I really felt about his behaviour and that I wasn’t afraid of doing the only thing I thought right in the situation- get away from this knob and fly home.

Hopefully this tale serves as one of warning; leaving anyone alone in the middle of the night is selfish and appalling; truly is ghastly behaviour that considers serious self reflection.

Now go face a fear; do something that scares you!

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Rules are dumb but have their place

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One week until the challenge commences. I guess I can check day one off because I’m scared to death about this shit idea I came up with for the following reasons: rats, being completely transparent, actually completing something I start, and above all perhaps finding something out about myself that would’ve been more comfortable left in the deep dark depths of a place I call denial.

Thought quite a bit about attaching rules or at the very least some stipulations to this 100 day event, but thought rules and stipulations are lame and will only put limitations on something that is supposed to be encouraging the exact opposite. So, in short, rules suck and have no place here.

I decided yesterday I am going on a road trip. Conveniently my running buddy said he would like to do the same. So we leave Sunday. Good way to start this challenge I think.

Destination: unknown. Length: undecided (will most likely depend on how my travel partner and I get along… or don’t). Purpose: to make bad decisions and meet some cool folk along the way. Oh, and do stuff that scares me every day as well.

We’ve compiled a bit of a list and some rules. I know I said I wasn’t going to make any rules for my 100 day challenge, but for a road trip, we thought it necessary to incorporate a few rules.

  1. no being a pussy
  2. no asking of directions or use of a GPS
  3. no phones
  4. no more than 6 hrs of sleep a night
  5. no “I’m too tired” bs
  6. no farting in the car

Suggestions welcome!

Good God I hope this Eleanor Roosevelt chick is onto something when she says to do one thing every day that scares you. Nonetheless I’m interested to see how it turns out…

What are you scared of??

See The awesome-ness of fear for what this challenge is all about…

Check out Road-Trip Rules — How to Avoid a Terrible Travel Experience !

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