Have I done something new if I don’t chose my new activity with purpose?
I decided that in Lent I would do something new each day, and I largely have. But often I find myself retro-fitting my activities to the mould of newness. I’ll be busy all day then as the evening draws to a close, I’ll think about what I’ve done that day that’s new. On Wednesday I tried a new spicy chicken thing from Wasabi for my lunch, so I decided that that counted. Except I’m not sure that it really did. I only chose the chicken because my usual lunch of teriyaki salmon had sold out, so it certainly wasn’t premeditated. And more importantly, in no way did it challenge me. #40NewThings doesn’t have to be hard, I’m no masochist, but I can’t see that there’s much point unless the trying of them provokes some sort of reaction in me.
Yesterday I was part of the team that ran the school quiz night. Although I’d have done it anyway, it was definitely a properly new thing, something challenging, fun, different. So that’s OK. But I’ve got nothing else planned for the remaining however long it is, and I think that perhaps I should.
What do you think I should do?