For me a list is a difficult task, I don’t make lists very often unless there is a point, steps in a process fine, friends to invite to our wedding OK, animals with 4 feet, not so much. The whole idea of this 31 day exercises is to get words flowing get my thoughts recorded. So making this list has a purpose even if its just a list, but does a list require bullet points of numbers? Must it be just words without complete sentences?
I have never been good a following rules just for the sake of following rules, unless I decide to make my game seeing how well I can follow the rules, or want to impress a friend, or potential friend. So I will make a list of stupid things I did to impress a friend, not always by following the rules, sometimes going against the rules. One of my more stupid acts, I hope it is not too offensive to call my own behavior stupid. My kids tell me stupid is a really bad word, when I grew up it was just what everyone else was. I was often called stupid by others and they often called me stupid. For example one time I was riding my bike after just watching cartoons and laughing about the funny stuff they could do in cartoons. I wondered if I could do the same types of things, since I was on my bike I was in perfect position to try something out and see what worked. Without much thought I did a stupid thing. Now you could say I am being too hard on myself for calling it stupid. You could say my parents did not encourage me enough, or someone had taught me negative self talk. However, Stupid is a rather accurate word for what I did. While riding a steady speed in the street, asphalt surface, with one quick movement I turned my front wheel 90 degrees, perpendicular to the direction I was going. As any not stupid person, or even a stupid person having a non stupid moment, might expect my bike stopped instantly. I flew over my handle bars and kissed the street. As luck would have it there was one of the wise elderly neighbors out of a walk only a few feet away. Clearly he was not trained in modern politically correct child psychology because he almost fell over laughing. Me laying on the street, dazed looking up and all I can see is him laughing his head off. After a few seconds he was able to stop long enough to force out an “Are you OK?” and then returned to uncontrolled hysterics when I nodded “yea”. Slowly I stood up, no real damage, just a couple scrapes, standard fair for a great explorer of reality like me. When my “friend” could slow down enough again to ask a question he said “Why did you do that?”
I answered without thinking “I wanted to see what would happen.” To which he almost fell down himself with laughter possibly even stronger than his first laughing fit. It was at this point I began to tell myself that was a stupid idea. He did not need to call me stupid, nor did he need to call what I did stupid. I needed to call it stupid, because I never wanted to do that again. I am proud to say it has been almost 50 yrs since that day and I have never once attempted that maneuver again.
Well that is not much of a list and I didn’t even tell the story I wanted to about doing a stupid thing to impress a friend. Next time.