Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Shout out to Dad
This post goes out to my dear ol' Daddy! The man who taught me to try everything once. The man who subjected us as small children to the movie JAWS the day before taking us to the ocean for the first time. The man who pushed us, kicking and screaming, because he knew there was nothing to really fear, into the ocean that next day, while my sister and I feared being eaten by a 10 foot shark with a hunger for human blood.
The man who scoffed at us while we shivered when presented with our first roller coaster, promising we would love it once we tried it. The man who has always been right about these things. I do love roller coasters. I play in the ocean like a girl who grew up in California. (Don't read any further mom) I will jump off a 50 foot cliff without even batting an eye. I have swung off of 60 foot bridges that drunk guys have tied me to (it was college, mom...I know you're still reading). I have little fear when it comes to trying new things. And yes, that may be a bad thing. But, knock on wood, I haven't gotten hurt yet. And every time I scream, "I wanna do THAT again!"
He's also the man who taught me to try all food once. I have eaten the craziest of foods just because I have to, for my own peace of mind. And yes, I have gagged, thrown up, wanted to die after doing so, but I tried. I mean what have you got to lose?? You don't like it??? Who can't handle that?? I've tried many things I'm not thrilled about. And the more I try them, the more I appreciate them. You wanna know one of the tastiest things on Earth??? Deep fried shrimp eyes. They taste like bacon. Don't believe me?? TRY IT!
I guess my reason for this post is to a.) thank my dad for giving me the confidence to try new things, no matter how afraid or unwilling I may be, because who knows, that might just be the thing that you were made to do, and b.) to tell all you wussy people to JUST DO IT. More than likely you aren't going to die. You only live once people. You know what I have learned from being afraid to try new things??? I have learned how disappointed in myself I become when I let an opportunity pass without giving it a try. Believe it or not, life is short. And when I'm 70, I don't want to say, "Man, I really wish I had done that." I'd rather say, "Man, I did that once and I kicked its ass."
So when opportunity knocks...for crying out loud, answer the freakin' door. And if someone tells you to taste something new...for Christ's sake, open your freakin' mouth.