How it's going halfway in
Week 24 of 'The Great Wake Up!'
I find reflection weeks quite difficult as I'm never really sure what to write about. I have to think long and hard and usually end up taking my write-ups of the most recent experiments, combining them together and summarising each of them into one overall post.
If I'm honest, this has always felt a bit like cheating, so in the spirit of 'The Great Wake Up!' I'll try and approach it differently this time.
My first reflection is that I can't believe we are halfway through this project. When did that happen?! It just seems like last week when I received the email to say I had been selected as one of ten bloggers to write about their experiences. Not long after this I attended the launch event and gained a better understanding of what I had let myself in for and it all sounded very exciting.
And it has been exciting and it's remained that way since. I have completed all except one of the experiments - I definitely wasn't going down to my local park to climb trees on my own! I drew the line at that one. But every other one has provided me with a different experience, whilst at the same time giving me an opportunity to connect with myself and to notice more of the world around me. Once of the more recent experiments was literally to slow down, but each experiment has in its own way slowed me down, whether that's through taking time out of my usual routine to do something differently or trying something new.
Some weeks have been quite difficult, particularly when life has got busy, but in my opinion it has definitely been worth doing. Apart from the benefits I have already mentioned, it has helped bring me out of the stress a little by forcing me to think about (and do) something else. Just the act of doing something different seems to give me a greater sense of awareness that helps me notice how I'm feeling.
So I am really looking forward to seeing what the second half of this project brings - I can't wait to hear about what we will be doing next (as long as it doesn't involve climbing trees!) and hope that the project continues to bring the benefits that the first half has.