I'm learning very quickly that in order to be a badass, you have to actually do stuff. I had kind of assumed a training montage à la Disney's Hercules would come out of nowhere, and I'd put on a leather jacket, break a measuring tape with my bicep, and call it a day. But alas, it is too late to turn back and blog about a cookbook or my sex life. I shall have to swallow my laziness and procrastination and be productive. Gulp.
Generally, when I want to feel productive, I create menial to-do lists that will make me believe I'm getting it together. But doing laundry, catching up on emails, and using the bathroom are not going to cut it on the Road to Badass. Badasses don't just do stuff; they get shit done.
But what do I want to get done? To start, I'm taking a closer look at those "What if I did that" musings that constantly flutter feebly at the back of my mind. What if I learned Russian? What if I went sky-diving? A handful of what-ifs like these have echoed through my thoughts for years. And there's a good chance that all these would-be goals continue to flirt with me because they are within the realm of possibility, even though I'll have to, you know, try. Gulp.
Here's what keeps poking at the back of my brain...
Badass Shit To Get Done
Of course, challenging who I am, popping and locking, and being able to kill someone with my face all sound quite daunting at first thought. My biggest goals too often drown in their infancy, because I so often hear accomplished badasses like Oprah and Muhammad Ali asserting variations of "Anything is possible" and "You just gotta believe." For a millenial seeking meaning, vague clichés that evoke belief in "the impossible" are as well worn as the alphabet. They have lost their meaning, like a word you say over and over again. I'd rather look at accomplishment through the lens of starting small. Unlike "just believing," this adage at least implies action. I could sit in a chair and believe for hours on end while staring at the wall and sporting a Gryffindor Quidditch bathrobe --and I have-- but nothing would get done. To mark huge goals off my list, I have hence aimed to start small, but to start something, even before I've convinced myself that it's possible. The root of accomplishment doesn't have to be belief. Sometimes, it's simply doing it.
So here's what I'm doing. I've registered for Krav Maga classes. I'm currently enrolled in an absolute beginners' hip hop class. I'm 24 pages into My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I'm going to the first meeting for a new improv troupe this evening. I'm sending my 7th draft to a friend today. We'll see where these small starts take me. The only one I haven't accounted for is travel, but I assume I'll plan that further down the Road. To be honest, I don't really believe I'll be able to do that, but I'm going to do it anyway and see what happens. Gulp.