This 30-day Life Launch Challenge was something I started because I was in a rut, and I honestly had no idea how to get out of it. I only knew, from experience, that just doing the right things (even if I had to force myself to do so) would help me figure it out.
And do you know what I figured out with certainty?
First, I learned that when I’m doing something so personal, it doesn’t feel right to me to share the entire journey with the entire world. I tried. I actually need to make the journey for and not for anyone else. That’s why this will be my last post about the #30DayChallenge. I’m still doing it full heartedly, but I need to do this one on my own.
I also learned that holding onto this Single Dad Laughing thing has been making me feel very inauthentic and paralyzed for a really long time now.
Because of that, this will be the last blog post I ever write here on Single Dad Laughing. It is time to retire this blog, and even more importantly, it’s time to officially retire the moniker “Single Dad Laughing.” I have to move away from those corners it has painted me into over the years.
I could tell you all the reasons here, but I already wrote about them on my brand new blog Dan Pearce Was Here. These were the three posts I wrote about this final curtain:
I’d be happy for you to follow my new blog instead. I’ll still share links to it.
Or, if this is the end of our road together, just know that I am thankful for all of your support and love over the years.
Single Dad Laughing has been an incredible experience for me and so many others. In that third post, I listed some of the goodness that has happened in the world because of Single Dad Laughing. This is what I shared:
- Nearly ten thousand people have grown close together and found truly helpful support through The Single Dad Laughing Health Club on Facebook.
- Hundreds of incredible lifelong friendships all over the world have formed. I, myself, have so many friends spread out worldwide who I’ve met through Single Dad Laughing events.
- At least a dozen couples that I know about got married after meeting through one Single Dad Laughing group or another.
- Hundreds, if not thousands of people have had the courage to be real about their sexuality and admit to themselves that they might be something other than straight.
- People have found the guts to leave toxic relationships where there was no hope.
- People have bettered the relationships they were in when there was hope.
- Dozens of schools have developed anti-bullying programs that focus on loving the bullies instead of punishing them.
- I can’t put a number on the number of private messages I’ve received from people who read something I wrote and decided not to end their own lives. It is triple digits at least.
- Single Dad Laughing provided a forum for many years where people could anonymously unburden themselves from their darkest secrets without fear of judgment. More than 20,000 secrets have been submitted at this point.
- We danced together for fun, so many times.
- We danced with the homeless together on Christmas.
- Teachers have developed programs to help kids keep from feeling unseen and uncared about.
- At least half a million dollars has been raised through Single Dad Laughing to help people in need.
- Dozens of jobs were created over the years.
- Tens of thousands of “Human Passes” were sent to the people you know and love, giving them a pass to be human during their greatest struggles.
- More than $20,000 was given secretly to people through the Single Dad Laughing Quiet Goodness Fund.
- Thousands of us laughed as we had ridiculous selfie contests.
- Hundreds of writers and artists were able to share their work through me.
- The list could go on.
Thank you all for everything.
I can never stop writing. It is the only thing that makes me feel halfway sane three fourths of the time.
Anyway, I’ll still use this website to do my Dear Dan Q&As as well as any fun crowd sourced stuff.
It’s been one hell of a ride, friends. See you around.
Dan Pearce | Single Dad Laughing