As I secretly started my “Say yes to everything” day, I imagined scenes from the Jim Carrey movie Yes Man:
Learn Korean? Yes.
Get in a fight? Let’s go!
Ride a motorcycle? You bet.
Get a mail-order bride? Why not?
Instead, my day plodded along with nobody asking me to do much of anything:
Can I have $10? OK.
Can I get on your computer? Yep.
Could you put this in the recycling? Umm-hmmm.
Then I met my friend Joy for a walk. This was risky, I knew. Joy and I have been friends since we met at Tae Kwon Do lessons years ago, and we usually get together for something fitness related: hiking, walking, a few 5Ks together.
After my last 5K, the Rugged Maniac, I decided it was time to retire; I walk every day, but have never, ever liked running. Joy had been asking me recently to join her in a couple of 5Ks, and I had finally let her know that I had called it quits on the running.
I Know What’s Coming
And now, as we walk along a chilly linear trail, our talk turns to an upcoming event.
In my head, I plead: “Don’t ask it, Joy. I’ve already turned you down.”
“The Fitathlon looks really fun. No mud, no water. Just clean obstacles,” Joy says.
“Oh yeah?” I try to sound as uninterested as possible.
“It’s in April. You’ll need to get ready for hiking in Peru.” She knows I’m worried about the Inca Trail. She’s clever, this one.
“I know,” I mutter, staring straight ahead.
“What are you doing to get ready?”
“It’s not until August,” I say.
“You have to start getting ready! You’ll need a good six months.”
I know what’s coming. I’ll have to say yes. “Oh, I’ll get ready,” I assure her. “I’ll do some hiking and whatnot.”
“Do you want to do the Fitathlon with me?”
And there it is. Like Brett Favre and Michael Jordan before me, I’ll be coming out of retirement this one last time.
Just like with my “Don’t complain about anything” challenge, this one took me several tries to complete. I failed on two different school days as I reflexively spat out about 15 no’s before I remembered to say yes:
Can I use my notes on the quiz? No.
Can I get a drink? Not now.
Can I go to the bathroom? You just got here late from lunch!
I guess I got off easy. For the last few days, my husband had been making random, weird requests. (Not like that, people.) The other day I was experimenting in the kitchen and made homemade caramel sauce (divine). I gleefully told him how good it was and that I had picked up cookies and cream ice cream. He complained that I should have gotten vanilla.
“Don’t worry, honey. It’s gonna be so good.”
“No, caramel has to have vanilla,” he said.
I reached Level Indignant in a flash. “Are you seriously complaining when we have ice cream and homemade caramel sauce?”
“Would you run out and get vanilla?” he said.
“I can’t believe you would expect me to–”
He couldn’t keep from laughing. “I was just testing if it was your ‘Say yes to everything’ day. You’re so easy.”
#3 (101 Things in 1001 Days): Say yes to everything for a whole day.
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