I did it! I got through all 24 hours of the 24 Hour Project!
Simpsons fans will know that my title means I’m standing and walking … but it’s a close thing. I am in a significant amount of pain today, and will probably need another day or two to fully recover, so completing the 24 hours was hardly a forgone conclusion. I wound up having to cheat a little — pictures from in front of my house during my first self-care pit stop, pictures from out my office window during the second pit stop … and one utterly shameless selfie.
Those pit stops saved my life, I think. Coming home to put my leg up and ice my knee got me through the whole afternoon. Stopping at my office to put my leg up and massage my knee got me through to midnight. I’ll need to think about how to build in more frequent self care next time.
My pictures are hardly award-winning. There are a few standouts, but mostly not. That said, I like all of them, and they all gave me stories to tell. Spending a full day thinking about how I take picutres, and having a few opportunities to watch my very talented friend take his pictures was great. He and I have very different styles, but I learned so much from him, even in the short time we were together.
Definitely a good day. I was able to write mini stories for most of the pictures I chose to post. I was able to meet up with five friends over the course of the day, which was great. I am trying to figure out how to share the slideshow I made of the pictures and stories, but my to0-sleepy brain isn’t quite getting there. Maybe tomorrow. You can see all of them on instagram (@girlgriot), where I’ll also be posting alternate images that didn’t make into the 24-hour stream. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites to give you an idea:
Jaime loves doing “my first cuts” best. He still remembers his own, the ritual, the respect for process and artistry. He likes passing that on to the young ones in the community.
It’s the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, hosted by the wonderful people over at Two Writing Teachers! Every day this month, hundreds of writers will be posting their stories. Head on over and check out the other slices!