Things I Don’t Know How to Do

cut my bangs • squeeze venom out of fangs • ride a mountain bike • confess to a boy I like • swim in the ocean • contact a Martian • cross a tightrope • speak Latin to the Pope • cook as well as my mother does • be the optimist I once was • multiply large numbers in my head • do backflips on the bed • play a game of chess • make it a habit to say yes • memorize all my friends’ birthdays • navigate complex pathways • do my own makeup • be a full grown-up • assemble a gun • resist a pun • paint like Picasso • catch a bull with a lasso • go through a day without coffee • hold on for days to my pee • gut a fish • live like the Amish • smoke a cigarette • take care of a pet • snap my fingers • forget a scent that lingers • whistle a tune • read ancient rune • finish a book in one sitting • pluck my eyebrows without flinching • survive being hit by lightning • survive a month without writing • perform magic tricks • explain quantum physics • make fire with two sticks • use those damn chopsticks • make this list exhaustive • be quickly decisive • call back a bird that flew • succeed at unloving you.

On the flipside: Things I Know How to Do

This entry is part of my undertaking a 30-day challenge Matt Cutts talked about at TED2011. The premise is to “think about something you’ve always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days.” I am challenging myself to post one blog entry a day for 30 consecutive days.

Today is Day 7.

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7 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Know How to Do

  1. Fun list, especially including that you can’t read an ancient rune, so I think if that’s your list of all the things you can’t do, it’s very short 😆 Very poignant with the last item on the list.

    Good luck with the challenge!

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    • Hahaha! Exactly what I was thinking, it’s incredibly short (hence the line on not knowing how to make it exhaustive), especially considering my list of “Things I Know How to Do” was longer.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this! 🙂

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  2. To try to un-love someone is like trying to take back a breath.
    Stand in the waves and send them great love instead, for their journey is full of the same pain as yours. The gift is in the giving ❤
    But great list nonetheless, I still haven't been able to call back a bird that flew…but I have managed to get pooped on in the process 😀
    Maybe in bird language that is an acceptance of me 😀

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    • It takes such a large heart to continue loving while at the same time graciously letting go. But it’s true what you said, trying to unlove is like trying to hold on to what has already escaped you. And maybe the letting go itself is an act of love, which only a giving heart can do.

      Haha! We’ll just have to guess at what the bird meant by that. But you have an interesting perspective. Maybe the bird was indeed showing it felt THAT at home with you. Haha

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