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365 Challenge: Day 300 – 300

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300: a number that seems to follow me around a lot


Today’s word for the 365 Daily Challenge is actually a number. I had a few other thoughts planned for this post, but I need to spend time thinking about the next set of 5 Sunday list items for the challenge; I’ve opted for a quick post today — a few things about 300:

  • As a bowler — when I was younger, that is — I strove to hit that 300 mark every game. It meant 12 strikes in a row — 12 perfectly executed and timed releases knocking down all ten pins. While I came close, I haven’t ever achieved it. Nor will I, as I stopped bowling years ago. When I try to bowl the occasional game or two now, it’s usually interrupted midway by drinks, laughter and silliness. None of my friends are frequent bowlers, so inevitably, if we do bowl, it’s not taken seriously. I also feel like I’m heaving my entire body down the lane when I try to bowl recently. Perhaps age is a factor, but when I walk up the onset to the lane, there’s a part of me that thinks… ‘what am I gonna hurt this time?’
  • I’ve never seen the movie 300, but I’ve been a fan of Gerard Butler for years. Not sure why I didn’t watch it, other than I tend to avoid ‘war’ movies, but I love ancient Greek battles. I think that’s what it’s about… who knows… perhaps I’ll check it out today. It reminds me I would like to go back and read the Oedipus Rex trilogy again. It’s been almost twenty years.
  • 300 seconds is 5 minutes. (Yeah, I told you I was good at math, and that sometimes I’m Captain Obvious – LOL)… point being… whenever I do cardio, it is for 30 minutes with a 5-minute warm-up and 5-minute cool down. Those two parts are the hardest to get through. During the 30 minutes, I think about plans, writing, books, etc.; however, I actually count from 300 to 1 during the initial and final parts because I can’t wait for it to be over. I force myself to go slower, it’s usually when my body is unwilling to workout (either not ready to start or just wants to stop)… so I feel like I’ve always got the 300 count going down inside my head. When I lose track of my count, I get frustrated and then force myself to start at 300 again. I’m cruel.
  • Today is the 300th post of the 365 Daily Challenge. When I set up the templates for this week, the last one I created was #300. I vividly recall thinking: ‘Wow, you’re getting close to the end, which means it is time to start writing a few key lessons learned to share with everyone.’ But I haven’t done it. I wonder if I’ve changed in the last 300 days, either in style or voice on the blog. I may go back and re-read the early posts to see if I notice anything…

That’s probably long enough for a post today. Anyone recommend the movie 300, or should I skip it?


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ 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.

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