Sunday, December 29, 2013
DO EPIC SHIT!
At the beginning of this year, I was living by myself in southwest Ohio. I packed up all my stuff, sold my house, drove 300 miles up to Chicago where the S.O. and I bought a place together. I had to call in more than a few favors at the day job to swing that, and I wound up ruffling a few feathers nonetheless but it was ultimately a gamble that paid off.
I then went on to run the Chicago Marathon. It was only my second marathon ever, but one where I saw a couple DO EPIC SHIT signs as I ran through the streets of the windy city. It was my slowest race to date, but I had been to a funeral in Wisconsin the day before and didn't get home until around 1:00 in the morning.
Then there was the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art. While not reaching nearly the size and scope of comics related events like Comic-Con International, it was significantly more epic in terms of importance. It's not the first museum of cartoon art, nor is the library collection new, and the festival has been going on for decades but this particular collection of materials at this particular time in this particular venue with these particular attendees? Wow.
Lastly, the S.O. that I mentioned earlier now has a shiny engagement ring on her finger. We've talked about the subject of marriage for a while now, but I think the ring makes our engagement official. In the few weeks that she's had the ring, we've managed to nail down a date with a specific venue (that includes food and beverages), she's got her dress, and we're about 90% done with the guest list. Still plenty to do, but we've got a lot of the biggies out of the way already.
About 15% of Americans move each year, and only 12% of those moved to another state. Only 1/2% of people complete a marathon. The Billy Ireland event was unique. And, while engagements aren't exactly uncommon, the average American gets married only has one, maybe two, weddings in their lifetime. These were all things that stand far outside the range of "typical" or "usual." These were all things that were big leaps for me on multiple levels. And while they're only four items on this list, they're all pretty big and noteworthy. Epic, you might say. And, for as much as I had a fantastic year in 2012, this year has been even better.
All because I took some running advice to try to be better than I am.
DO. EPIC. SHIT.