Friends! You may have noticed that there is no advice post today. I kinda screwed up. My birthday is Tuesday, June 17th and Day 364’s advice was posted yesterday, so there’s a 2 day gap in there somewhere. I probably double posted on a day or something. Whatever.
Anyway, I’m using this 2 day gap to reflect on how crazy this past year has been. I originally started this project because I was turning 29 years old when I lost almost everything I owned or believed in (long story, obviously). I was in some weird fugue state – lacking direction and living in a bland, flavorless world. I was talking through some things with my friend Anne (of Day 1 fame!), when she mentioned that she had occasionally asked random people for their best life advice. The idea stuck: just ask anyone what their guiding ethos was, and then try to live by that. Every one of us has a unique set of experiences that give us a unique perspective on life, so why not try to collect as many of those perspectives as possible?
Fast forward 364 days and I’m getting life advice from all sorts of people - famous, infamous, unfamous, anonymous, and everywhere in between. I went from 0 followers to ~25,000. I made the front page of Reddit. I had the chance to communicate with some of my heroes! But more importantly, I had some really inspired conversations about what this project means to me and to you. It’s been a whirlwind, and a lot more work than you probably think.
Recently, I’ve been asked 2 questions more than any others:
- What’s my life advice?
- What’s next after the project is over?
My answers: My life advice is going to be posted on Tuesday. It’s a challenge to come up with something unique and meaningful after being inundated with advice every day for the past year, but I’ll give it my best shot.
So, what’s next? I’m taking a break. Having the self-imposed obligation to get someone’s best life advice every day for the past 364 days has been exhausting! I’m not bailing on the project however. I’ll probably just switch to semi-weekly or weekly posts. I feel committed to you guys – all 25,000 of you! I’m so grateful for your inspiration, support, generosity, and positivity. You’re all really cool people! In the meantime, feel free to ask me anything or send me your very best life advice!