Growing up, I had a list of “never”s.
By that I mean I had a list of things I’d just about rather die than be caught doing.
I don’t really recall most of them at this point, but I do remember a few highlights.
I specifically recall that I’d never 1) listen to country music, 2) drink coffee, or 3) put hot sauce on anything.
It’s probably best never to say never.
The hot sauce ban ended shortly after the Wasabi incident (where that Wasabi glob on my plate looked an awful lot like guacamole– but it wasn’t).
The no-coffee rule lasted until I had to be at work super early and I needed the caffeine to pry my eyes open in order to work more effectively.
The country music? It turns out that what I didn’t like was pop music masquerading as country music. I heard George Jones sing “The Grand Tour” and that was that. I’m now a fan of genuine country music– along with folk, jazz, rock, indie, and just about every other genre you can think of (and a few that defy categorization).
Recently, I picked up the Garth Brooks box set, exclusive to Target, called The Ultimate Collection.
There was a time when I would have rather had red hot pokers thrust into my eye sockets than listen to Garth, but times have changed.
I’m about halfway through the 10-CD set and I have to confess that I’m loving it. He’s the real deal.
My point (and I do have one) is to not close yourself off to new experiences because they’re different or outside of your comfort zone.
Take risks and be spontaneous on occasion.
Try to live and be present in every moment instead of always living for the weekend or the next holiday or the next big event in your life.
And that Garth Brooks collection is on sale at Target for $23. It’s a bargain.