365 Challenge: Day 124 – Unpredictable

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Unpredictable: unexpected; not foreseen; up in the air


In life, there are times when it’s necessary to be predictable and there are times when it is not. I could go on for a very long time about how I am predictable, or cite examples of when I try to be unpredictable, but I will not. Instead, I’m taking us on a little sideways path, still aligned with the 365 Daily Challenge, yet also in a bit of a new territory. For as far back as I can remember, there are moments in our lives when we feel the following  way in some shape, manner or form:

  • You’re in a rut and seem to consistently do the same repetitive things
  • You have an afternoon, an evening or a whole day with some flexibility or time on your hands, and want to use it wisely, but can’t think of anything to do
  • You have the same fears or wishes but never see any movement or traction in a positive direction

I’ll stop there as I am fairly certain we’ve all been there at least once for at least one of these items. As this is a blog about the truth, I fully admit, I have encountered all of these quite frequently, and to this day, I still do. But what I’ve learned is that there are two ways to handle it: (1) Do nothing and it stays the same or (2) Change it!

Sure, there’s a little bit of work involved, depending on how much you want to address any of these items, but I solidly believe it will be worth it in the end. Here’s my suggestion to each of us as a goal we need to incorporate into our next few weeks. Pick one of the above general areas of concern. Narrow down the specific component that you’d like to address. A few examples:

  • Eating out at the same places because you don’t know what else is available.
  • Cooking the same meals because you don’t have time or recipes for something else.
  • Visit the same movie theatre or watch the same TV shows because, well, they’re just available and easy to access.
  • Never trying some new activity that you’ve thought about in the past as really fun but have been lazy about trying it out.
  • Always finding yourself afraid to speak up to new people and share you opinion because your voice may not be valuable or warranted.
  • Tons of ideas about new hobbies but somehow it’s overwhelming to pick up something new.

You’ve undoubtedly got a few in your head beyond what I’ve proposed. And now here comes the word association portion of the 365 Daily Challenge. You’ve grown so predictable, you can’t even imagine how to get yourself out of this nasty little dilemma. But it’s time for a change. It’s time to take a small part of your life and make it unpredictable for the greater sake of your future. Now don’t be throwing all the rules out the window and going for broke on a new life of chaos and disaster. Put a little game together for yourself so that you can ease on into your new life of charm and titillation. {Aside: Does anyone else hate that last word as much as I do… titillation?}

Decide the frequency of this new thing we’re talking about. Perhaps it’s Monday night meals, so it would be weekly. Maybe it’s the weekend each month you want to take the kids somewhere new. Perhaps it’s the daily 3 minute conversation you need to have with a stranger. Whatever it is… write up all the options / examples… put them on individual pieces of paper and then fold them up. Or if you are tech-savvy, find an online tool that allows you to randomly select a choice out of a group of options. And ease into your unpredictable life-changing plan… and randomly choose one of these options at the frequency you desire. In the immortal words of ABBA:

On Me! (*Couldn’t find an ABBA GIF with this song)

But here’s a link to the sound clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-crgQGdpZR0

  • If you picked “cook a new recipe,” then draw a recipe out of the hat, so to speak, on a Sunday, get the groceries and cook that food whatever day works out best for you that week — with the kids, significant other, spouse or friends.
  • If you picked “try a new activity,” then choose one of them at will (or have someone else reach into the hat for you), and take a chance on it. Do a little research and just go do it because the paper in that told you to that day… let some control go!

The point is to have fun. To try something new. With boundaries since you picked all the original options and still in a bit of a safe zone. If you’re feeling risk-friendly, throw some “out there” choices into the hat, so that you can keep pushing yourself a little more. And forgive yourself when you draw an activity that perhaps is too overwhelming for the day you chose it. Put it back, draw something else, but promise yourself the next time you draw it again, you will do it. I’m gonna give some thought to this over the next week… and next Friday, at the end of my 365 post, I’ll reveal what my “unpredictable” actions are going to be. How about you?



  • Today’s 365 Daily Challenge recommended blogger to know is Patty @ Moohnshine’s Corner. Patty and I connected about two months ago when I stumbled across a post similar to the one I linked in her name at the beginning of this paragraph. Suddenly, tons of fantastic covers showed up in posts on my WP Reader every Wednesday for Hump Day. I leave the rest to your imagination when it comes to what to do on “hump day.” I also felt connected to Patty as her husband’s name is James, which is my given name, and anyone who chooses to marry or spend their life with someone named James has gotta be a good person in my book. We torture our partners and spouses something fierce!!! But in all sincerity, Patty is a fantastic blogger. She posts nearly every day, even when she’s on vacation and in a kayak, and there’s always something interesting or beautiful about the post. She makes it fun, even in the incorrectly spelled name of her blog, and she tells me there is a story behind it, but I’ve yet to find out! Maybe you’ll have better luck if you go check out her site and meet this new friend. It’s a true reader’s book site, full of author content, book tags, contests, feedback, opinions and a general safe space to dish all about our favorite book characters. Grab yourself a bottle of some homemade hooch — as I’ve heard it referred to before (Scandal reference) — and settle in for a fun escape from the day.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


25 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 124 – Unpredictable

    Roda said:
    July 14, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    Thank you! I needed to read this today. I will take that chance and cross my fingers!

    Liked by 1 person

    dsteenrod said:
    July 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    You are inspiring! I’m going to have to keep up with your posts everyday!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM

      I appreciate that. the 365 Challenge has been such a positive influence in my life and I’ve met so many new fun people. I look forward to spending more time getting to know you, too.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    July 14, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Hmmmm….is it possible to be unpredictable in a predicatable way? Cause I think that is where I fall…

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 14, 2017 at 9:15 AM

      Yes! I think that’s where my head was at with this post. If you put 26 recipes in a hat and randomly generate one to be the meal of the week… you’ve already predicted the outcome when you selected them, so you know it’s something you will probably like. Then it’s just a bit of a surprise when you pick one… and that’s the unpredictable portion, at least on a much smaller scale.

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    Nel said:
    July 14, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    My life is the definition of unpredictable. I can plan my whole day and it still wouldn’t go exactly how I planned it! (P.S. I love the take a chance meme simply because my baby Klaus. Also WOOHOO! Patty is my girl! We’re planning a meet later this year and it’s gonna be spectacular!

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    shalini said:
    July 14, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    What a great post…

    Liked by 1 person

    rhodes2nutrition said:
    July 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Love your writings Jay. This one specifically I can really relate to. 🙂

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    BrizzleLass said:
    July 14, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    I love that you write this I’ve been purposely jumping out of my comfort zone recently and saying yes to people when I normally say no. I’ve realised yes is a really powerful word!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 14, 2017 at 3:11 PM

      Awesome. Seeing any differences on it yet?


        BrizzleLass said:
        July 14, 2017 at 3:18 PM

        Yes, I’m socialising again, after being a hermit for several years, I’m getting out and seeing people. It’s quite the novelty!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 14, 2017 at 3:42 PM

        very good


    Rae Longest said:
    July 17, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    This was a really good post. For years I was in a rut, but when I was forced to realize that my time WAS limited, I decided to purposely do something each week (minimum) that would get me out of the rut and into new adventures/trying new things. Some have been great adventures, some could only be called misadventures, but I will say this, my life is never boring.

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    Black Cat Blue Sea Award – Moohnshine's Corner said:
    July 26, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    […] James over at This is My Truth Now may have created this award and he’s very intelligent and fun person to talk to. I always look forward to all his posts and comments.  He is super fun and nice.  We are quickly becoming fast friends and chat often.  He was so sweet the other day and mentioned me in his blog. Check it out here: This Is My Truth Now 365 Day Post- Unpredictable […]

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    Black Cat Blue Sea Award – Angie Dokos said:
    July 29, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    […] James over at This is My Truth Now may have created this award. He’s awesome, if you don’t already follow him, you must check out his blog. You won’t be disappointed. He mentioned my friend, Patty in this great blog the other day. Check it out here: This Is My Truth Now 365 Day Post- Unpredictable […]

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