A quick story: I was out disk golfing (courtesy of my Jo’s 26 before 26 list I’m now a regular disk golfer). We came up to a pin and there was something in the pin.
“What is that?” I asked my friend Brian who was closer to it.
“It’s a crabapple.”
As I came closer I inspected it. “Ohh. That’s what a crabapple looks like. I’ve never seen one before.”
“You’ve never tasted one?” he asked seeming incredulous.
“No,” I said, surprised. “They’re edible? What do they taste like?”
“I don’t know… They’re pretty good.”
I retrieved my disk and we walked toward the next hole in silence for a minute until he looked at me with a smirk on his face. “They’re not edible, just so you know. Don’t go eat one.”
“What!? It’s good you told me!”
“I know. I realized, you’d bake a crabapple pie one day and I’d be like, “why on earth would you do that?” and you’d say, “I don’t know. I didn’t know what they tasted like so I put it on my Jo’s 26 before 26 list. I’m trying to get the most out of life.” “
“Yeah. I would do that,” I conceded, content.
I may be somewhat gullible. But at least I do try to get the most out of life. Hopefully I won’t die eating crabapple pie. But if I do, it’d be alright. There are worse ways to go.
And with that, I give you this years new goals:
Jo’s 27 before 27 List:
- Play a disk golf game w/ 4 holes at par
- Buy a house
- Walk a marathon distance
- Be able to do 3 pull ups
- Make 30 pitches for articles to be published
- Smoke a cigar
- Leave the country again (so far age 24 is the only age since I was 17 during which I haven’t left the country.)
- Go to a new state
- Go to a professional football game
- Learn to play tennis
- Run through or picnic in a field of sunflowers
- Do Lumosity for 30 days
- Take a pottery class
- Ride a camel or elephant
- Watch all of Seinfeld
- Finish watching Lost
- Watch the Matrix Trilogy
- Read another Steinbeck book
- Read Harry Potter Book 1
- Read 3 memoirs
- Read Catch 22
- Go on a backpacking trip
- Do “morning minutes” every day for 21 days (where you write for 10 minutes straight first thing upon waking)
- Try fruitcake
- Complete level 1 of Rosetta Stone for Italian
- Try Gin
- Learn to play poker
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