When I first told Aaron the crazy idea I had for myself and 2016 his face lit up and he cheered, “A year of being weird!”.
Good, he was on board with the plan. Now, to get over my nerves and match his level of excitement.
We discussed ideas, how I wanted it to play out, and eventually, all of the pieces fell into place.
Knowing that my number one goal this year was to put in some serious hours working on my book, I wanted to put myself in a position where I was constantly pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and participating in unique-to-me experiences. From there, ‘A Year of Weird’ was born.
I’ll be the first to tell you, some of the items on my list are going to make me, and probably you, uncomfortable. But, that’s why I’m so excited about this! I want to embrace my interests that some would deem ‘unusual’ and I want to see things that will make me squeamish.
Why? It’s all in the name of research!
I’ve always had an interest in the taboo and 2016 will be the year I dive into all things ‘unusual’ and see where it leads me.
I’ve started a list. I love lists. I’m hoping you’ll be able to help me out and add to this list too. If you have any suggestions for experiences I should check out or even better, experiences you would like to read about please include them in the comments below! I’m using Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories- Chuck Palahniuk as my bible for this step of the process.
My list, so far…
*Spend a day with a taxidermist
*Spend a day with a mortician/funeral home
*Learn to fire a gun/visit a shooting range
*Join the local Police Force for a ride along
*Spend the night in a reportedly haunted location
*Attend an event hosted by the the local Society of Creative Anachronism
I can’t wait to hear what you suggest!