Although I am fashionably late to the party, I’ve decided to participate in #ReverbBroads11, a month of blog prompts promised to be silly and reflective. This project ensures that I get 30 minutes of “me” time each day, and I like the sound of that. Today’s prompt (courtesy of Katrina, katrinatripled.blogspot.com) is: List 10 things you would never do.
When I first considered this, I thought that committing to never do something was impossible. Then I thought about it a little more and considered my values, priorities, life-lessons, and triggers. It is through that second consideration that I came upon the following list. Some are heartfelt, some are a little silly, but all are me. So, without further ado, the top ten things I will never do:
10. Intentionally hurt an animal. My husband and I rescued our Lab over five years ago and seeing first hand what abuse and neglect can do to an animal, I vow to never cause that kind of pain. It was not an easy road, but Baylin (pictured below) is a completely different dog now. He is a typical Lab, full of love and affection, and we’re pretty proud of how far we’ve come with this incredible dog.
9. Call myself a “foodie.” Sure, I enjoy food, and have recently become much more astute in the kitchen. However, I would feel far too pretentious calling myself a “foodie.” It’s one of those words that just gets under my skin. Like smear or moist (apologies to those now cringing).
8. Shy away from telling the truth. I value honesty, and do not like to beat around the bush.
7. Allow a job to define me. I feel like I need to quantify this one. Being a Student Affairs professional is a wonderful experience, and can have a positive effect on many aspects of my life. However, a few years ago, I found myself putting a job ahead of other priorities in my life and needless to say, that did not have a good outcome. I don’t ever want to do that again.
6. Eat sushi. My friends actually like to play a game to see what I would rather do than eat sushi. Let’s just say, I would go to some pretty extreme lengths to avoid eating sushi. I just can’t bring myself to eat raw fish.
5. Expect others to do something that I do not expect myself to do. It keeps me humble.
4. Stop learning. While it may be cliché, I like to think that I am a quintessential lifelong learner. I try to encourage this in others as well.
3. Regret any experience that has taught me a lesson. So I suppose that means I have very few regrets.
2. Take what I have for granted. This one is a work in progress. Although, having gone through some challenging times in life, I have learned that despite the hard times, I have an amazing life with incredible family, friends and opportunities.
1. Assume that I know everything about a topic. Take Twitter for example. I joined in 2009, but quickly left thinking it was just another self-promotion tool. I am so glad that I returned to this online community. I have made some amazing connections with other Student Affairs professionals and been introduced to new ways of thinking. It’s through Twitter that I learned about the #reverbbroads11 project, after all!