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May 07, 2019 22:28:42

Re: 5 years from now

by @jasonleow | 415 words | 437🔥 | 476💌

Jason Leow

Current day streak: 437🔥
Total posts: 476💌
Total words: 271372 (1085 pages 📄)

Parent post: 5 years from now

@santhoshguru asked a few of us (the 200wad mafia he said! haha) these questions:

What does your future look like 5 years from now if you have developed and sustained a writing practice?

I really invite the 200WaD mafia to think and write on how does your life will be, assuming that you have a 5-year streak at 200WaD.

What does it really do to your life? How does this impact you personally and professionally?

That got me thinking. A 5 year streak?! Gosh that's like 1,826🔥 - that's how it looks next to my profile name on 200wad if any of us got that far.

Have you ever done anything intentionally for 1826 days straight without a break? Even for brainless daily habits like brushing your teeth and eating lunch, in a 5-year window there might be some days that we missed it, lest say something that requires effort, discipline and ideas like writing everyday on 200wad. But imagine that.

I think by the time I get there, I would have developed a writing voice and style that I can call my own. Even now, at 150-day streak, I'm already learning so much about what I love writing, what I'm better at, what I suck at. Imagine my current streak multiplied by 12......I think by then I would have been able to solidify my writing style and voice. 

Five years is a long time to have new ideas of what to write everyday. I believe in a 5-year streak, I would probably have experimented with enough genres - poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, short-form, long-form, stream of consciousness, etc etc - that nothing would be too scary to attempt. Of course, that's just to attempt, no guarantee of writing quality. But hopefully, after 5 years, quality would be pretty good since I would have had so much practice!

But writing skill aside, I believe the greatest benefit from a 5-year streak would be self understanding. Imagine that - you have a blow-by-blow record of your states of mind, stuff you experienced over 5 years, thoughts, feelings, sensations, everything. Everything on record, available for you to review. All 1826 days of it. That's a lot of material for self-understanding. I think that's also a great length of time to explore certain themes in your life. Travel, career, coding, hobbies, marriage. Lessons from life, death, and everything in between. I often write to think, and writing is thinking made clear and tangible. Persistently writing over 5 years would mean lots of opportunities for exploration and clarity.

1826. Mastery. Exploration. Clarity.

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    @jasonleow This so good, Jason. Very well written. When you said, "I believe the greatest benefit from a 5-year streak would be self-understanding", I was thinking the same for me. It will be really an interesting experiment to see how the views and learning has changed on many topics in the past 5 years.

    I bet every one of us will be learning/unlearning and changing our opinions. But won't it awesome to have a record of it in 200WaD. Like a pen-sieve :-)

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | May 08, 2019 12:59:28
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      @santhoshguru pen sieve! What an interesting analogy

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 08, 2019 19:47:20
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    @jasonleow - This is so well written.

    1826. Mastery. Exploration. Clarity.

    I feel almost exactly as you have....but you put it in better words. This 150 days has definitely had its impact.

    #TeamStreak Mafia.

    Keni avatar Keni | May 07, 2019 13:45:41
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      @keni wow thanks for the appreciation. Would you write a post about this too? HOw would a 5 year streak help you? Would be interesting to read it in your own words... #teamstreakmafia for the win!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 08, 2019 12:51:10
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      @jasonleow - yes I wrote yesterday

      Keni avatar Keni | May 08, 2019 07:35:59
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      @keni oh gonna read now

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 08, 2019 19:46:26
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    @jasonleow Thoughtful response. I'm still formulating mine.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 07, 2019 07:31:14
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      @brandonwilson thanks! looking fwd to reading your take on it. and now we're the mafia too haha. love it

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 07, 2019 22:34:02
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      @jasonleow I call Tony Soprano!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 07, 2019 07:56:33
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