Who Else is Doing this:
Dan Waber turned 40 on January 12th, 2006, and wanted to mark
the occasion in some positive fashion. So he got this crazy idea
(not an unusual event) to write
40 words (no more, no less) every day for a year, and each day
he'd write about a different person (in no particular order) who
touched his life. But not just anyone, it has to be
someone he's actually met in person, someone
name he still remembers.
Because Dan often thinks up great ideas for things that turn out
to be impossible (that darned reality!), the first thing he did
make a list of 365 people whose names he remembered and who were
50 or so came lickety-split, easy-peasy. The second 50 were
not too tough.
After that, it got really tough, really fast. When he got
to 200 he honestly thought this was going to be impossible. When
he got to
he was pretty much certain it was impossible and thought
he was going to need to relent on the restriction that he had to
Then he began writing. 40 words is a tiny
lens to look through. How does someone put a mother, an ex-wife,
a best friend,
love of your life into 40 words when that's not even enough
for the junior high math teacher, or guy who sold you your morning
Magically, folks are doing it - all over the world . They're creating
glimpses of people (some fondly remembered, some not) who've made
up their lives, and generously sharing them.
And in doing so, are celebrating their pasts and enriching their
present. Really. Try it. Your life will be happier.
If you decide to embark on this or a similar
let Dan know, he and everyone else would love to follow along with