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Boundless Challenge: Week #11

OriginalPhoenix, I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the Boundless Challenge.

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My last entry in the challenge was almost a month ago.

The point of the challenge is to write about how I “lived boundless” this week — to write about one example every week of me doing more than I thought I was capable of.

And, I really do hate to say it, but: Lately, my neighbor’s cat has been more boundless than me.

Since I used to have two dogs — they died after living long, happy lives — my neighbor’s calico cat — that hangs out around my house because I give her food — has, for the longest time, resisted actually coming into the house. She must still be able to smell the dogs. But, over the weeks she’s made progress.

Yesterday she jumped on my couch and stayed there for 10 minutes before running to the door and meow-ing to be let out.

The light is bad, but here she is:

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I call her “Kiki,”  thanks to Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989).

Why?

Because: Instead of delivering bread, Kiki the calico delivers “Aww!” Whenever I see her, I can’t help but go “Aww!” She always makes me do this:

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To get back on subject:

This week, I do have something to be Boundless about:

I finished the screenplay for my short film.

There will, undeniably, be more edits as I show it to people more knowledgeable about screenwriting than I. But, I’ve hit a wall: I feel like I’ve done everything for this screenplay that I, with my current knowledge of writing, can do. Hence why I consider it “finished.”

Have you ever felt like that? You write, and write, and write, and you get to a point where you look at what you’ve written and think I’ve done everything I can.

For weeks, my life has been relatively unexciting.

Just been trying to get more used to my job stocking shelves, since it’s the first job I’ve had in over 3 years. (School, family obligations, and soul-searching kept me busy during that time.)

When I’m not working, I’ve been listening to the Life is Strange soundtrack while I try and think of more ideas for screenplays…

…and spending time with my best friend. We hang out more frequently now, which I’m glad for. In my quest for awesomeness, I don’t want to neglect relationships.

What else has happened recently?

Well, thanks to Wild Woman Sisterhood

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…and some editing, I found a picture that captures what my short film is about:

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Regarding my short film:

I’ll write more on that later…

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to get back to doing the Boundless Challenge.

Her fiery, phoenix-y awesomeness is just what I needed today.

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Boundless Challenge: Week #10

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to do the Boundless Challenge.

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Every Friday, I will write about one time during the week where I “lived boundless” — where I achieved more than I thought I was capable of.

This Friday, March 17th, I want to celebrate the choice I made to keep on living.

What I mean by “keep on living” is: Appreciate what I have and where I am.

Lately I’ve been wanting to put my home in the rear-view mirror.

Like Bilbo Baggins, I’ve been wanting to go on an adventure.

But: What a person wants to do and what a person can do are two different things.

Naturally, this caused me to feel down.

And as someone who struggles with depression, this realization just put more fuel on that fire.

I don’t know exactly what it is that made me realize Where I’m at in life is just fine but, as the week ends, I’m feeling more at peace.

I know one factor that helped me is: Lately I’ve been playing Life is Strange, and where I’m from is similar to Arcadia Bay. (Minus the time-travel-granting butterflies.)

It wasn’t hard to put myself in Max’s shoes.

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It makes me proud to know that where I live was, in a way, an inspiration for a story that has changed so many peoples’ lives for the better.

For example:

Playing Through Your Own Story: The Catharsis of Kate Marsh

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It’s also quite the coincidence that today (Friday) I’m going back to high school.

Specifically: In a class called “Contemporary Issues” seniors spend a few weeks learning about different faiths. These weeks of learning culminate with people of different faiths coming and talking to students, and answering any questions they have.

One of the faiths studied is Catholicism. And so, I was asked to come to the high school for a day and answer questions about all things Catholic.

It’s been a while since I walked the halls of my high school.

It will be surreal.

Like stepping back in time…

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Boundless Challenge: Week #9

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to do the Boundless Challenge.

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Every Friday, I will write about one time during the week where I “lived boundless” — where I achieved more than I thought I was capable of.

This Friday, March 9nth, I want to celebrate the choice I made to start writing a screenplay for an animated short film.

Since I hope to study screenwriting when I return to school…

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…the best way to learn is by actually doing it.

So far, I’ve gotten much-needed feedback, and realized how much I don’t know about the craft of writing.

My “first draft” can be summed up by the image below:

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But that’s OK!

Why?

Because: I’m going to learn.

Sure, I’ll channel my inner Starlight Glimmer from time to time…

…but, with hard work and by the grace of God, I’ll write a story that, when read out loud, doesn’t make me want to do this:

Boundless Challenge: Week #8

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to do the Boundless Challenge.

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Every Friday, I will write about one time during the week where I “lived boundless” — where I achieved more than I thought I was capable of.

This Friday, March 3rd, I want to celebrate the choice I made to download the first chapter of the Choose Your Own Adventure Game Life is Strange.

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If my experience with technology can be summed up in one gif:

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Despite the amount of time I spend on WordPress, when I do anything with electronics I’m always afraid it will go horribly wrong.

So, taking the initiative and going on the Xbox Marketplace and finding that, yes, the first episode of Life is Strange was there, was a leap for me.

A leap I’m glad I took.

I’ll have to wait a while before I have the money to buy the other 4 chapters, but Chapter 1 should keep me busy until then

Before I realized I could download the game, I watched a walkthrough of it on YouTube. So, I know how it ends. But: Since no two experiences with Life is Strange are the same, I don’t consider that a negative. For example: Why I want to save Chloe

Life is Strange is the kind of game that I feel I needed.

I’m introverted like Max, happiest in the presence of my art (writing in my case and photography in Max’s) than in the presence of others.

And, like Max, I am returning to a place (college in my case and home — Arcadia Bay — in Max’s) that I had been away from for years. And, even though I haven’t returned yet — I’ll be returning next winter — I already feel like an outsider. A man out of time.

Who doesn’t sometimes wish they could go back in time?

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Life is Strange is available for download on PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Even if you don’t like video games — if you just want to experience a thought-provoking story — I recommend it.

The game isn’t perfect. The dialogue and voice-acting could be better at times…

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…but: Nothing is perfect.

And, for me, the positives of Life is Strange far outweigh the negatives.

One of those positives being: A good soundtrack:

Boundless Challenge: Week #7

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to do the Boundless Challenge.

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Every Friday, I will write about one time during the week where I “lived boundless” — where I achieved more than I thought I was capable of.

This Friday, February 24th, I want to celebrate an opportunity I had to be “emotionally naked” — to just lay my thoughts and feelings out on the table.

The reason I want to celebrate this opportunity is because it illustrates why I believe being open and honest with people is so important.

Before today, this week, I did two things I would call significant:

  1. I got a job.
  2. I was naked outside.

The reason I call my choice to get naked and go outside “significant” is because it’s a choice that can be considered weird — the kind of choice that makes people think Are you right in the head?

The reason I did it is because bloggers like Megan — Embracing My Nudity — and sunshine lou inspired me to.

And the experience was weird, but not in the way that you might think: The experience was “weird” in the sense that I got more out of it than I thought I would.

To quote the post I wrote about the experience:

After being naked outside, being in my most vulnerable state for the world to see, I felt like I could do anything. I thought to myself If I can be naked outside, than acing that job interview should be a walk in the park.

…After showing all of myself, I felt that I could be all of myself — I felt that I could put to use all that God has given me, and I could put it to use for a purpose that brought me closer to Him and satisfied my desire to make something of my life: my desire to not live my life on the couch.

The third significant event this week would be the conversation I had earlier today with sunshine lou, about the experience.

Below is the conversation we had.

I don’t think Lou will mind me posting it.

And if she does mind, than I will gladly do whatever is necessary to make her happy.

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Lou,

I know I’ve sent a few emails to your before, thanking you for how one of your blog posts had helped me, giving my feedback on one of your blog posts, or talking to you about breaking out of the rut that I felt I had become stuck in.

The reason for this email is:

Recently I got a job, and spent some time naked outside which helped me in ways that I didn’t expect it to (I wrote about my experience outside here: https://timothyach.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/taking-off-negativity/).

There are still things I struggle with — for example: I’m currently choosing which college classes to take — but I’m in a better place now than I have been in years, and one of the reasons why is you.

One of the reasons I was able to get a job is because you helped me to break out of the rut I was in and, thus, be open to new experiences.

And you are one of the reasons why I discovered the benefits of taking time to be naked.

I hope you are doing well.

I pray for you.

Thank you for all you have done for me.

And I hope and pray that you are able to help many more people too.

Have a good day.

Tim

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Hi Tim,

Wow! I am so so happy for you 🙂 this makes me so happy to hear, I’m glad I’ve been able to help in a small way! But truly you are the one who has taken that bit leap out into the world and decided what you wanted to do! 

I’m so proud of you! Live isn’t always easy and sometimes as we need is a little guidance down our path.

Please feel free to email me about anything! I am always here 🙂

I hope you’re having a lovely day right now,

Love always, Lou.

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Lou,

Thank you for always being willing to help.

It means a lot to me to know that there is someone I can turn to.

I just hope that, in my emails to you (or my comments on your blog), I don’t come across as annoying or weird. That is a fear that I have: The fear that you will think I’m the opposite of what I’m trying to be.

In your reply to my email, you said “I’m so proud of you!” and I hope that, in my own unique way, I can always be someone you can be proud of.

That’s what I hope for in all the interactions I have with people. I’m always trying to be a light in the dark places of peoples’ lives, or help peoples’ light to shine even brighter.

You’re right: Because life isn’t always easy, we all need a little guidance down our path. And, ultimately, each person is responsible for their own life — each person either takes a leap, or doesn’t take a leap, and decides what they want to do: Nobody can take a leap for them, or force them to take a leap.

Thank you for wishing me a lovely day yesterday. It was lovely, and your words to me were one of the reasons why. 

As a result of yesterday, I feel more confident and in control of my life: I feel like I am more aware of what I want out of my life, and what it will take to get it.

Thank you for all that you are doing for the sake of others. It’s rare, inspiring, and beautiful to see.

I hope that you have a lovely day.

Tim

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Lou,

I realize I made a mistake in my reply to you.

In my reply, I said:

“Thank you for all that you are doing for the sake of others. It’s rare, inspiring, and beautiful to see.”

I apologize if, because of the way those two sentences are worded, you thought that I was saying that it is rare to see you doing things for the sake of others.

Because, what I was trying to say with those two sentences is: It’s rare to see someone like you — it’s rare to see someone so dedicated to doing what they can for others.

The reason I said that is because, in my experience, there have not been many people who helped others purely for the sake of helping others, like you are doing. And I wanted you to know how that has positively effected me.

Tim

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Hi Tim,

You are so welcome, I totally don’t think that about your comments at all, I understand that we see the world in different eyes and interpret and say things all differently 🙂

Thank you for your nice email back I’m glad I’ve been able to help.

Well I’m thinking of you and sending my love!  Go out there and enjoy the sunshine and smile 🙂

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I’m posting this conversation to illustrate the power and necessity of communication.

I was afraid that my emails to Lou, or my comments on her blog, would make me, in her eyes, look like an annoying pest or weirdo.

And I would have gone on being afraid if I hadn’t just said to her “I hope I’m not being annoying or weird.”

Because I made my thoughts and feelings clear, I achieved a peace that I wouldn’t have otherwise: By opening up to Lou, Lou opened up to me by telling me that there was no reason for me to be afraid.

On a related note:

One reason why getting naked appeals to me is because it is a phyiscal manifestation of the “mental nudity” that I hope to have when interacting with others — the hope I have that, when interacting with others, I’ll lay my thoughts and feelings bare in a respectful, kind manner.

Now, if you’ll excuse me:

I’m going to follow Lou’s advice and go outside.

Boundless Challenge: Week #6

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to do the Boundless Challenge.

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Every Friday, I will write about one time during the week where I “lived boundless” — where I achieved more than I thought I was capable of.

This Friday, February 16th, I want to celebrate my decision to be open and honest about how I feel about dropping out of college 3 years ago:

How Can I Forgive Myself?

I’ve talked about my choice to drop out of college before on this blog, but for some reason that post felt different. In that post, I feel like I was finally able to confront a truth that I had been hiding from for years: The truth that I will never feel OK about having dropped out of college.

There will always be a part of me that won’t forgive myself.

Admitting that did me a lot of good. Now I feel I am more able to focus on the future and stop living in the past.

Boundless Challenge: Week #5

Thank you to TheOriginalPhoenix for inspiring me to do the Boundless Challenge.

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Every Friday, I will write about one time during the week where I “lived boundless” — where I achieved more than I thought I was capable of.

I’m sorry I didn’t write about a Boundless moment last week. I just got busy doing other things.

This Friday, February 10th, I want to celebrate my decision to learn the craft of screenwriting.

I love writing.

I love movies.

So, it made sense to combine my two loves.

I’m currently researching screenplay writing classes to take.

I don’t know where my choice to be a screenwriter will take me, but I feel more hopeful and driven than I have in months.