OK OK – you are not going to believe this but I just started ANOTHER blog. Yes YES I know that is nuts! Why don’t I just post here more? Well, this new blog is only going to be about hiking in mostly New Zealand. And I don’t really want to get side tracked on the new blog – I only want posts about hiking; here I rant and rave about anything and want to continue that as well.
SO NOT to stress – I am going to continue with this blog 😦 just in case you were worried LOL.
As you are guessing, I am not so good with conformity. Posting to a ‘set’ structure really isn’t me and frankly, a tad constraining. Blogging structure like, on Tuesdays we post about travel. Wednesday, well Wednesdays are wordless; but you can throwback your Thursday’s ARHHHHHHH. Yes YES, I know I can set my blog up how ever I wish too – there are no true set in stone rules or guidelines. But after some time of blogging, certain styles and structure form; especially with certain types of blogs. Sadly, the longer you blog; these structure become very clear and very standardised – and very done. Even the themes and hashtags that we all use – they are, in a way – restricting our creativity.
But it seems the more I try to conform, the less I post. And to be honest what is the point of towing the line when I am not enjoying it. Especially when it seems that when I am free writing I seem to post frequently and most importantly – I feel I enjoy my blog as much as I hope the people that drop by do. After a bit of time away and reflecting a few thoughts on exactly WHY I blog – I have decided to throw out all forms of conformity – and just get back to why I started in the first place. From today I am going to blog whatever drops into my crazy uncomforted mind. No longer will I constrict myself, my creatively nor my blog to travelling Tuesdays and wordless Wednesday’s. HECK, I might throw caution into the wind and do a WEEK of wordlessness – why should Wednesday be so lucky and wordless? :O.
Just think of the scandal – no words for a week! Then totally confuse everyone and write poems or recipes for the following week. What is better? Blogging to a set structure – where posts are forced and infrequent. Or blogging for pleasure, sharing my adventures and creative self. Getting back to the grass roots of just what WordPress was all about – back when people blogged from the pleasure of sharing and not the dream of recognition from the masses – which it seems like some blogs are trying to achieve.
So from today who knows where/what I will post. Because, truthfully, its about the journey that we all take; and not the end destination.
Well, I can tell you that making a habit in 21 days is either a myth or a load of…… That is unless the 21 days are turtle days? LOL – because it is NOT a day in my human timeframe! So why or what habit am I trying to make? You see since returning from the United States in December last year, I have been a tad obsessed with trying to create a gym (bunny) habit for myself. I have been so obessed that the rest of my life has been pushed to the side a little – including posting blogs, editing images, eating and sleeping. WELL, maybe not eating or sleeping LOL but in general it feels as if I have stopped everything else.
I have been going at it for 21 days exactly… nope, no habit has been created! I am still having the same old yelling match with myself just leading up to heading out to the gym. Though, I can report that I am enjoying the gym more, than say, day 1. Day 1, I walked out of the gym looking like a wet, old, buggered bunny. But enough about why I have stopped all other forms of living and why I am trying to create – ‘Mabel the gym bunny’. Let’s talk about why someone got it into their head, that all I had to do to create a habit was to repeat the task for 21 days and BOOM – Mabel transformed – NOT!
I decided that I needed to do a little research on the subject – I let me fingers do the walking and goggled ’21 days habit or myth’. What I found did not surprise me in the least.
This myth, that a habit can be created in a mere 21 days became from a misunderstanding from work by Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s. Populism created this misunderstanding and BOOM – the 21 day habit took on a world of its own. Mainstream populism once again grabbed onto something, flipped it inside out and created something totally incorrect and mostly unattandable – like if you drink 2L of water a day and exercise 30mins 5 days a week you will become fit. Populism changed Maltz’s work to create a belief that if you put all your willpower into repeating a ‘task’ 21 days in a row – you will create a habit. Then placed fear into people that it only take half the time to break a habit. If you looked at this populism created myth from a Marxist view – its no different to ‘the more you work harder – the higher up the ladder you will climb. But that is an all together another discussion; and one for another time. BUT, one that you will have to have with me face to face, as I try to keep the hard stuff off the blog :).
Populism, or the mainstream myths really do have a lot to answer for. Heck, when I think back, I even think that there was some mid 1990’s lame drug reform movie that was based on this very myth – trust Hollywood to reinforce populism bull!
So again, it looks like the mainstream way is not going to work for me – I have NOT been able to create the habit of transforming into a gym addict aka Mabel the gym bunny. It looks like I am going to have to keep yelling at myself everyday, that I am going to have to draw on my shear determination. That I will just have to repeat over the next few MONTHS until my attitude slowly changes. It looks like, yes, I DO have to REPEAT the task of going to the gym every day – over and over and over again… That to create the gym habit, I have to break through the desire to enjoy life, the outdoors, living, eating and sleeping (again I am slightly over playing the no eating and sleeping part). That, for myself and others to truly create a habit, I have to create a subconsious, second nature task of going to the gym to create the habit. ALL OF WHICH takes a heck of a lot longer than a mere 21 days! BUT saying this, if I can pack a suitcase with my eyes closed and load a car like a Tetris pro; then I can create a habit of hitting the gym.
I just need to keep hanging my invisable travel carrot out in front of me – eye on the prize! So, I leave you now (to head to the gym) with one final question…
WHY the hell did I decide to attempt creating this habit during the summer :X