22 Things I Have Tried to Substitute for Writing

Here are the things I do to substitute for the sense of accomplishment I want to get from writing:

  1. Try to do headstands
  2. Try to do the splits, side or front
  3. Read 100 books a year
  4. Blog (technically it’s writing, but would it kill me to finish and submit one short story in a decade?)
  5. Cut my hair
  6. Improve my beauty regimen (in ten years, it’s shifted from avoiding pimples to disguising wrinkles)
  7. Run (I’ve participated in three half-marathons, walked at least part of all of them, and now I get shin splints and knee pain as soon as I think about taking a jog)
  8. Build a cooking website with my husband
  9. Shop around for a piebald ball python
  10. Consider going back to school full-time to become a winemaker
  11. Take in two abandoned hamsters and a horned frog
  12. Take surfing lessons; discussed buying a surfboard and renting a beach house
  13. Drink
  14. Eat
  15. Cook
  16. Become very invested in Game of Thrones
  17. Post just like so much on Facebook
  18. Pray
  19. Cry
  20. Argue
  21. Work jobs I hate to afford luxuries that numb the pain and my sense of purpose
  22. Hula-hoop

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