Something Wild

DesertLike I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to shift my focus from active attempts at losing weight to improving other aspects of my life.

To me, wasting my energy in ineffectual attempts at losing weight is like sitting in a burning house while refusing to acknowledge the fact that I’ll soon be homeless if I don’t get up and extinguish the flames!

Even weight loss can be used as a way to avoid making difficult changes in your life.


 One of the things I crave in my life is more variety, more fun and more human contact. I’d like to be able to do something wild and adventurous once in a while. When I was musing on this I was reminded by Jonathan Demme’s 80’s movie Something Wild.

I don’t really intend to rob liquor stores or handcuff men to bed posts – at least I don’t think so – but there must be something a timid middle-aged woman can do to free her “closet rebel”. 🙂


I have a plan in mind.

In August 2012 I published a post about flexible personality which mentions Ben Fletcher’s book Do Something Different. The book contains a 28-day program for breaking the web of rigid habits that makes you psychologically less flexible*. I’ve done some of the assignments before and they were quite fun, but now I hope to finish the whole 28-day program.

The first assignment is to give up watching television for a day. Because I don’t watch much television,  I intend to give up using a computer (and watching television) for one day instead. To me that is for me that is much more radical change than giving up television for 24 hours.

I’m not sure when I will take the first step of the program because I need computer in my work, but it will be some day next week. Wish me luck!

I’m also open to suggestions for fun and adventurous things to do – provided they don’t require much money because I’m chronically challenged financially. As much as I’d like to head to New York for a week or two, that’s  not possible at the moment.

* psychological flexibility is related to body weight too – psychologically flexible people tend to be thinner than their inflexible counterparts.

P.S. Something Wild is worth watching as a movie….


  1. Linda says:

    Hi Satu!
    I remember the movie “Something Wild” very well. Of course, I am forever stuck in the ’80’s. I also like Ray Liotta. I know he played a lot of the same type of character (now there’s irony for you, since you are speaking of change in your post)! I get what you are saying completely. I like the idea of giving up the TV and computer for a day and understand how tough it is on the computer with work.

    I like music and also theater but of course, financially cannot afford to attend each concert or play I wish to see no matter how much. In fact, it’s been a while since I went to a paid event! But I do look for free out-door plays and concerts in my area. I have gone on my own and met up with some interesting people that way. Not sure if that is an option where you live!

    • Satu says:

      Hi Linda! I’m glad you like Ray Liotta – I liked him especially when he was still young and handsome.. I just wonder what happened to him 🙂

      I don’t know about free outdoor plays but there are free summer concerts offered in city center. The Tall Ship Races come to Helsinki on Wednesday and I think I might take a peek on the ships.

  2. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! I really do hope that you go to more social events and branch out more friend-wise because it would be fun for you! I told you in an email what I thought you should do–remember??? 😀

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      Socializing more will definitely be part of plan! I might also start taking salsa classes in the fall if I find classes I or courses I can afford.

  3. Kyra says:

    I yearn for more adventure and excitement myself! But it is tricky making that happen. I actively work on trying to make my life more full, rather than about the weight or fitness. Those things need to be in their proper place (included, but not central.) So what exciting things do you have in store? Hiking? Group meet-ups?

    • Satu says:

      HI Kyra! I actually hadn’t thought about fitness from the adventure point of view, but now that you mentioned it I can’t get if out of my head. I don’t know if there are color runs or warrior runs in Finland but if there were, I’d like to participate in them.

  4. Deb says:

    I’ve met some people in my new hometown through business networking events which has been good. (And through social media?!?!) I’m a bit like you financially at the moment, so struggle to do much but a friend has suggested I join her book club and I’d like to keep varying some of the classes I do pay for (Zumba, yoga etc) as it’s a great way to meet others as well.

    I joined up a Burlesque dance class a couple of years ago to ‘get out of the house’ more (mid-week) and so agree that things like that can push you out of your comfort zone and keep you busy. A friend of mine does a lot of ‘classes’ at a local tech college (which is more affordable). She’s done photography and card-making classes there. Neither appeal to me, but I like the notion!


    • Satu says:

      Good suggestions, Deb! I like the book club idea and the Burlesque dancing. I think I’m drawn to it because of the clothes they get to wear when they are performing… 🙂

  5. Lori says:

    Something that I do as an introvert is to go out of my way to say hello to 5 people when I am out riding or walking. It doesn’t matter if they say anything back, I just make sure I say it to them first. That was hard for me, but it has gotten easier.

    • Satu says:

      That would be quite a challenge for an introverted Finn like me! 🙂 I usually just nod to my neighbors if I see them, I wonder what people would start thinking of me if I started saying hello. That would be so un-urban behavior, esp in Finland.

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