Nine years ago (wow – it really has been that long), I posted a story here titled, For the Last Time?
It came about due to TGB reader Clarence who had written about his youthful passion for roller skating. His blog post is gone from the web but I quoted him thusly:
“…something I became proficient at during my twenties and thirties. If only it were possible to go back for just one more evening of dancing on skates with an accomplished partner. Man! That would be something else.”
I had a whole list of my own items that made me sad to know I would probably never do again and thought that if I knew the date of the last occurrence, I could light a candle in memory of it each year.
Recently, however, I have been thinking that the list was only about negative changes – things I felt some regret on leaving behind. But what about a list of things I'm happy - to greater or lesser degrees - to never do again. Such as:
• Write a resume
• Ask for a raise
• Sacrifice comfort for style
• Learn how to drive
• Lose my virginity
• Have an IUD inserted
• Feel the need to be best at anything
• Keep up with the antics of rock stars, movie stars, etc.
• Bother to learn Twitter or Facebook or whatever passing internet trend is next
• Be intimidated by jerks who tell me not to wear elastic waists
• Give a sit-down dinner party for 12 people
• Suffer anyone who annoys me
• Finish a book that bores me
• Ditto movies and television shows
• And so many more
What about you?
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Arlene Corwin: A Parallel Between Life and Yoga