The things we do can be divided into four categories:
- We did the thing and we’re glad it’s over. High school comes to mind. Potty training. Ill-fated relationships. Recipes that bombed. Escapes from terrible danger. Costly mistakes. Profound embarrassment.
- We did the thing and would love to do it again. We maybe even do it again, or do it over and over again. Being on a grand adventure with someone wonderful. Making a new friend. Spending time with an old friend. Listening to favorite music. Reading masterfully written words. Creating something to be proud of in the kitchen or workshop or garden or studio. Reaching a physical or athletic goal. Making someone smile.
- We never did it and would like to. We all have a bucket list, even if we don’t call it that. A place to go, a food to try, a goal to reach, a person to meet, a book to read, a concert to attend, a wound to mend, a house to build, a difference to make.
- We never did it and we have no interest, desire or compulsion. This is the category that interests me today. For everyone, just as there is a wish-list, there’s also a no-wish-list. Just as there’s a magnetic attraction to some things, there’s a repelling with others. Just as some things call our name, others appeal to us in no way, shape or form.
Like Mom with superhero movies. I say Mom, really, the characters are interesting – some are even well developed. The graphics are amazing, the story lines engaging/ hilarious/ thrilling, the settings larger than life. She says Nope.
Like Samuel with building stuff. I say, Samuel, really, the sense of accomplishment you feel from making this precise cut and watching the board fit perfectly next to the one before it – it’s great! He says I’m going for a run.
Like Lynn with a good movie. She says I’m going to bed.
Like Fred with blogging about golf. He says Writing’s not that fun for me. I’d rather just play.
Like me with climbing, a.k.a. bouldering. Samuel loves it. Lincoln loves it. Julia loves it. Rise loves it. Even Eppie, who’s not quite big enough, loves it.
I’m happy to watch – I loved watching them! How are they all that strong?!
But I don’t get the thrill. I’m not interested. It doesn’t jazz me. I need to remember this the next time I try to convince Mom to watch the latest Spiderman, or the next time I imagine Samuel is helping because he wants to, or the next time I suggest a movie to Lynn or tout all the blogging benefits to Fred.
Yes, yes, the beat of their own drummer, all that. However, I also need to remember that when I was younger, I didn’t help my mom in the garden. Now I wish I had – I would have learned a lot that would help me in my own garden! This photo is from last year – the strawberries weren’t anywhere near as good as these this year. Help!
Not very long ago, I didn’t get anywhere near power equipment, which would include any shop tool that was plugged in. Mainly I made food and acted as gopher for those who were building anything involving lumber. Now I use the chop saw and the drills/drivers on a regular basis and I can usually get the nail hammered in with fewer than 20 hits! (And wow! We’ve come so far on the porch since June 4!)
I didn’t like small dogs. Now I smile big when I look at Coco! Ridiculous dog!
I won’t use names here, but you know who you are — you who didn’t used to eat Mexican food, you who made naan bread recently because of your success making pizza, you who wore a sundress and a big funny hat to a Derby party — y’all did things this year that you’ve never done before. Bravo! Who else braved the newness of a thing? Who else pushed the envelope? You know you feel good about it! 🙂
I can’t imagine being interested in bouldering, but down the road, hey, you never know… And even if I never climb those walls, that’s okay. I’ll do something else!
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I agree that it’s amazing what you can do if you are willing to take a chance and work at it. These accomplishments bring greater satisfaction than the routine events. My latest challenge is somewhat a psychological exercise. I’ve always been a lite sleeper and have needed silence or earplugs. When traveling, noises like crickets, ocean waves and hotel AC make it difficult for me to fall asleep. Going through some boxes in the basement I found a white noise radio. Thus the challenge began. For the past month I’ve been turning on the different sounds at bedtime retraining my mind to be able to ignore the noises that would usually keep me awake. Maybe I’ve been able to sleep because I have chosen to turn on the noise versus not being able to control the noise, I don’t know. At any rate I hope to get a better nights sleep the next time I go vacationing.
Whatever it takes for a good night’s sleep!! Good for you, trying something that just might work!
It seems like, with those “nope” things, you just have to keep an open mind. One day, when and if you’re ready, you’ll try it and wonder why you never did before.
I can’t even begin to count the number of things I didn’t used to like, or was irrationally noping, until somebody talked me into it or it just clicked.
There was a long time where going to the gym was a nope thing, a very long time…!
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So good- the perspective, the humor, Patricia.
You are so sweet — thank you!!