I imagine today is what it feels like when parents send their kids to college. Pride, loss, relief, and anticipation.
They treasure the years leading up to that point, they’re proud when it arrives, but certainly they feel the melancholy of the next chapter that brings the close of another one that took so much time and dedication.
One of the rules of being an author for the3six5 was to not write about the actual project. But given I helped write that rule, and the experiment is coming to an end, I’m going to bend a little.
1,095 days later, I can’t believe the3six5 went this long. Even more unbelievable to me is the fact that we never missed a single day. Over a thousand people created a digital time capsule for 2010, 2011, and 2012 and Daniel and I are honored that we were (and are) able to maintain the role of administrators for this collection of observations and emotions.
Perhaps also like parents sending their kids off to school, I feel relief. While our amazing editors have put in the bulk of the work to maintain the3six5 the last 2 years, I’ve always felt the weight of not letting the project fail. After all, the premise of the3six5 was that it was “365” voices per year…not 364, or 200. If Daniel and I let a single day slip, we would ruin the equity that all our authors had built.
I’m thrilled we didn’t muck things up, and relieved we'll no longer have the chance to.
Besides bittersweet pride, and relief, today I also feel self-assured about my own abilities. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most diligent person. I jump from one idea and project to the next. I get bored fast, and I tend not to stick with something that doesn’t produce results relatively quickly.The3six5 is something I’ll always be able to look back at to remind myself that once in a while I can grind something out when I want to. Even something that takes years and doesn't have a definite ending.
Thank you to anyone and everyone who touched this experiment. The list is far too long to include here, but you know who you are, and should know that I am at your disposable if there's anything in life you need help with.
About the author: Len Kendall is onto his next big thing as Founder of CentUp. He co-created and co-retired the3six5 with Daniel Honigman.