Today’s the last day of September, and I have to say, it’s been a bland month. To be honest, I didn’t get much done besides work and a bit of gaming.

No major advancements in my life. Didn’t meet many women. Exercised. Did good work. Wrote some. The usual.

I worked hard, and I partied a bit. That was all I did this month.

Last week, to cut through the monotony, I caught a cold. Hurray! Took a day off, worked from home for a day, and then it was back to my usual routine. During my diseased phase, I did what I always do when I’m under the weather: I watched tons of TV.

My mailing listers may remember me watching Xanadu over and over again when I had pneumonia last year. This was because of something I like to call “disease bad taste”, which is when you get really sick, and watch all kinds of terrible TV shows. I like to watch musicals, like Grease, and then progressively worse ones, like Grease 2, until I reach rock bottom with stuff like Xanadu.


This time around, I ended up watching some funny Youtube videos to cheer me up, and who better to do that than everyone’s best friend, Russell Brand. I came across this gem:

At approximately 1 minute in, the following is said:

You must never have an average day Jimmy, that was a trick question. If a day is going average, do something weird: eat some helium, release a dragon.

Russell Brand

Wow. What a genius.

The Average Night

As I sat there, unkempt, tired, diseased, depressed, I was struck by how average my month of September had been. I wracked my brain for a bit, and realized I had only had one interesting day.

It was when my friend Tommy was in town from Vancouver. He, another friend, and I went out to clubs, and we ended up going to all the usual places in the Old Port. We had a predictably decent time, but nothing special happened. At about 2am, we were going to call it a night.

“Bro, we have to do something unpredictable,” Tommy said. He’s fond of the term bro by the way.

“What?” I asked.

“Bro, we’ve been going to all the same places, doing all the same things. We’re getting the same results: nothing. Let’s go get trashy. Wanna hit the touristy part of town?”

I laughed, and agreed. The night was a bust anyway, so why not?

What followed was a hilarious adventure wherein a bouncer wanted to charge us entry into a shithole. When we declined and decided to leave, he begged us to go in. We then saw two very large women grinding up on a table that struggled to hold their weight, ingested lighter fluid and fruit punch that pretended to be an alcoholic beverage of some kind, and wandered off into the street to get some junk food in one of the trashiest parts of town.

Tommy chatted up two random girls in the street, and I was picked up by a girl looking for a light. Yep, you heard me. She picked me up.

The night that was previously a bust, turned into a fun time had by all, thanks to one impulsive decision.

All it took was doing something different.

Ryu Releases a Dragon

The Average Month

I have a very stable routine. I go to work at 10am every day. I finish just before 6pm. I cook lunch for myself and co-workers twice a week. I go to the gym Mon-Wed-Fri morning at 8am for a full workout. I go Tue-Thu for 20mins on the bike. After work, I either play Tekken, or Street Fighter, or watch some TV. Or I have a date. Friday and Saturday nights, I go out. Saturday morning is for errands. Sunday I write for the blog, and do nothing.

It’s always the same.

And sometimes, it gets horribly, soul-crushingly lonely. It’s your very typical rut. You fall into it, and everything sucks. You’re miserable for no reason. You can hear the silence and the room screaming at you, telling you your life is shit. Which explains why I was super grumpy two weeks ago.

See, it goes like this: you take an average day. Then you have two. All of a sudden, a month has gone by. If you don’t get your shit together, another month or two go by, then a year, then five years. And one day, reality kicks in. You’re old. And your life has been average.

I know, I’m being dramatic. No one’s life sucks that much. But mine did, for a while.

I spent so much of my twenties gaming, and being afraid of the real world, and sticking to a routine, that I sometimes feel like I really missed out on a lot of opportunities. It’s part of why I learned pickup: I had to go from one extreme to the next, before finding a middle ground.

Fuck Average

This week, I was having another average few days. I was sick. I was at home. I missed going to Ottawa for something exciting, because I was just too sick to leave my house.

Saturday, I had the averagest day ever. I ran some errands, had lunch, and hung out with a friend playing GTA5. As he and I played, and had a great time, I looked outside, and saw what a gorgeous day it was. I sighed.

“I should be out there, doing something,” I thought. Then I paused for a second. “What’s stopping me?”

With those words, I posted on Facebook that I was going to a pub near my place. If anyone wanted to join, they could. I didn’t expect anything, I just knew I had to do something, anything, impulsive.

30 minutes later, I was sitting at a terrasse in the sun, reading Wool by Hugh Howey, and having a delightful, icy cold beer. 40 minutes later, a random acquaintance that I had partied with one time joined me.

More people messaged and called.

One hour after deciding I was going out, I was sitting at a pub, having a rolicking good time with 4 people that I barely knew. And we were having a blast. Although I was still sick, and could barely drink, I felt better than I had in weeks.

I ended up going home at 8:30pm to relax and sleep, but that one impulsive act made my day.

Ryu goes Duck Tape Bungee Jumping

The 30 Day Challenge

My advice to you, dear reader, is this: stop having average days. Or, more realistically, every few average days, have an extraordinary one.

I’m not saying ride a whale, or go ducktape bungee jumping every day (unless you’re into those things). I’m saying do something out of the ordinary, as often as possible, to make every day memorable. Even changing up one tiny thing in your routine is enough.

Space Invaders

Now, you all know me as a man who definitely puts my money where my mouth is. As such, I’m personally challenging myself to the following:

For the month of October, I will post something interesting I do, out of the ordinary, every single day, on this page.

Some days will be easy, like Halloween, or my buddy’s birthday. Others, like this coming Thursday where I have work and then gaming planned, not so much. But I’m committed to making every day count.

Because I don’t know how many I’ve got left.

Wanna join me?

6 comments add your comment

  1. This is definitely one of your best posts, Boss. You’ve inspired me once again.

    I want to join you in your Octoberquest of Unaverageness. I don’t think I can pull off making every day memorable, but I’ll start with at least one thing per week. Here are some suggestions that we could do pretty much any day of the week:
    – Laser Tag? I haven’t been to Laser Tag since I was… 13 or something.
    – Take a walk on the beautiful mountain we are so lucky to have right in the middle of our city.
    – Karaoke (again)
    – Cooking with friends (you know you love it)
    – Go to the arcade and play games other than fighting games
    – Go to the Museum of Fine Arts http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/

    So Rami, I invite you to all of these things. And based on your rule about saying Yes, you don’t have much of a choice, do you? 🙂

    • Mat. I’m in with all those things.

      I’ve already scheduled many things this week, but perhaps Saturday daytime, or Sunday anytime, we could do one or more of your options.

      And I went to laser tag last year. It was amazing. For super realsies.

  2. Hey I’m reading Wool right now too. It’s really good.

    I remember a few years ago someone offered me $600 to come to Montreal and teach them how to approach girls. I was scared, but the guy was persistent. I couldn’t go because my boss at the shitty restaurant job wouldn’t give me time off. But this guy really wanted to pay for my flight. So, I said screw it and quit my job. I had all of $300 in my bank and no job when I landed in Montreal.

    Now, four years later I’m a full time dating coach and blogger, about to fly to San Diego for five weeks of coaching work and clearing $5k minimum this month.

    What’s the worst that will happen? I could get hurt, or end up in an American prison or hospital. I could never find another client and have to get a dayjob again. My book could get trolled and one-starred and hated into oblivion (already happening) but in the end, when I’m farting into my fresh and crisp retirement home bedsheets I’ll know I tried to live an interesting life. At least we tried man.

    • Dude, you are right 100%. Sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened if all those years ago, I didn’t agree to go learn to meet women.

      Would I be a boring homebody, sad and alone? Would I have become awesome through a different path?

      More importantly, who cares? I made an awesome choice, decided to go with the interesting and crazy route, and ended up here, living the good life. I’m glad you took that chance all those years ago, or I wouldn’t have gotten coaching from you. Ironically enough, if you had stayed at your shitty job, BOTH our lives would’ve been less interesting.

  3. Sounds like a plan! An Octoberfest of un-average days – I’m in!

    Today I’m inspired to do a Google Hangout on how to make money anywhere with your Smartphone – I know sounds spammy, but I just wanted to share how I’ve used apps to get some fast cash.

    Who knows what I’ll do tomorrow..? Take a road trip?

  4. Dude, i feel the same many times. I do also get stuck and darn curse on ma self for not enjoying the fullest.

    Cheers to the post. #inspired

    Also, the idea of 30 day challenge sounds cool

    Looking forward to your upcoming post

    Cheers! 🙂

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