So recently I posted about finally making Blilk – which is essentially milk with blue food coloring.
Now mixing blue food coloring and milk, two items that are readily available in any supermarket, is not that big a deal, so I can understand why plenty of my friends would roll their eyes and wonder why I’d take so much joy from this seemingly tiniest of tiny achievements.
But you know what? It’s something that I’ve thought about for a really long time (like maybe a decade) but I’ve been continually putting it off until now. So when I finally got it done, I did feel cause to celebrate because I finally did it.
It’s like that tiny item at the bottom of your to-do list, ranked in the lowest priority. It’s an easy task that you can do at any time, but because there were always so many more pressing things to do, it was also a task that you were never able to complete. Finally being able to strike it off your to-do list is a very fulfilling moment!
Think about all the other small tasks that you’ve been meaning to do but have never found the time to do so. These are probably really simple and mundane tasks, like tidying up your work desk, changing that flickering light-bulb in the bathroom, or finally breaking up with that controlling girlfriend of yours.
You might not think it would make much of a difference, but once you do it you will still feel that little sense of achievement in having completed a goal that you set for yourself. A small goal is still a goal, and an unfinished task, no matter how simple, is still an unfinished task.
Once you start ticking off all of those little tasks, you’re probably going to find yourself in a position where you’ve accomplished a whole bunch of things you’ve always wanted to do.
I remember that this other time, I bought myself a ninja costume off the Internet for about $50, because as a kid I was obsessed with ninjas. Well, I guess in many ways I still am. But who wouldn’t be? Ninjas are awesome!
Once again, the criticisms poured in:
- “Why do you need a ninja costume? What would you use it for?”
- “You’re probably only going to wear it once, and never use it again.”
- “It’s just going to be useless clutter in your closet.”
- “You could’ve used that $50 to buy a lot of hash browns.”
All of these arguments are completely valid, and it’s true – I only wore it once, and now it’s just taking up space in my closet. But you know what?
I fulfilled a childhood dream, and I did it for less than $50.
How many people are able to say that?
So take a moment to think about all those little things that you’ve been meaning to do. It could be a really dumb childhood dream, it could be a really mundane household chore, but it doesn’t matter because it’s something that YOU want to do.
Then go do it. Just do it.
At the end of the day, a simple achievement is still an achievement, and you can rejoice about it as much as you want.
Side note: In the Dragonlance novels, a kender named Tasslehoff Burfoot once asked his dad why he was so small and defenseless, and why wasn’t he as big as the humans and elves, and able do great things like them.
His dad said: “If you look at the world closely, you’ll see that they are really made up of small things joined together, and it’s the small things that make a difference in the end.”