A couple of years ago (2004), Morgan Spurlock made news by eating McDonald’s for 30 days to show the world just how harmful fast food is to one’s body. In the documentary Super Size Me, Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s, always super-sized when asked, and ate everything on the menu.
Not only did this project change him- by obviously making him put on lots of weight and causing detrimental effects to his health, it also changed the way people look at fast food. In fact, after the film’s release, McDonald’s stopped offering the “Super Size” option. Not to mention, Spurlock started filming other projects for the aptly named FX Documentary series, 30 Days. The main idea of the project- how does 30 days of a living a different lifestyle change a person?
So, I got this idea from Always a Reason to Run, which is a running blog that I occasionally read. Basically, the idea behind 30 Days of Thanks is that each day in November, we bloggers write about something we’re thankful for, in honor of Thanksgiving at the end of the month.
I probably won’t post a blog every day, as I write for a living and have a busy life as it is- but I’ll combine several days’ worth of thanks in a blog if I need to. I’m sure some days, I’ll be thankful for serious things, and other days, I’ll have more goofy (and sometimes snarky!) gratitudes.
I’ve always tried to have a spirit of gratefulness- even from when I was a little kid and my parents taught me to say “Please” and “Thank you”. But, I think we were all taught this as kids, and eventually, it becomes a habit rather than truly having a meaning. Even today at lunch with a coworker- I always told the waitress thank you, but sometimes you don’t even think about it- it’s almost like a reflex. I’m hoping that by thinking and writing about being thankful for thirty days, that I’ll become a more thankful person in general.
After all, if eating nothing but fast food for 30 days and filming it can change a person and the world, imagine what other changes we can make in 30 days.
November 1, 2010: Tonight, I’m thankful for sleeping in my own bed.
So, I spent some time on the road last week for my job. I very rarely travel for work, but occasionally, I get to go to fun places and talk to clients, share new ideas, and build teddy bears (yes- on a business trip in Nov. 2008, I went to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Jealous much?).
Now, staying in hotels is fun. You have someone to clean up after you, you get to ride elevators, and you get those funny little bars of soap- but don’t use the shampoo if you have dyed hair! But there’s nothing like coming home and sleeping in your own bed.
You know, the bed that gets made whenever you wash your sheets or buy new ones.
The bed where you throw your gym bag and purse down after a long day.
The bed with the mismatched pillow cases since the evil laundry monster “ate” one in the dryer.
The bed where that teddy bear you made on that business trip lives.
Yep- THAT bed.
It was a long day at work today, and I’ll make the day even longer by going to work out in a few minutes. You have long, tedious, sometimes crazy days- but it’s always nice when, at the end of the day, your bed is waiting for you. It might not be picture perfect like a hotel, but sometimes, it’s just what you need :).