Last week my sister-in-law invited me to the salon for pedicures. I had never had one before and I figured that I better jump on the opportunity now before summer training kicks in and I only have half the normal number of toenails. It was AH-mazing. How had I gone the 29 years and 5 months of my life having never had such an experience?!
It made me wonder what else I might be missing.
It is not unusual for a person, as the calendar pages flip dangerously close to the big 3-0, to take stock of their life. To ponder the things they thought they would have accomplished by this point. Now, as I am creeping ever closer to ending my third decade on this planet, I too am looking back at the things I have/haven't done.
I have ridden an elephant. I have gone bungee jumping. I have run every distance from the 5k - the marathon. I have experienced the miracles of both childbirth and adoption. I have rolled, bodily, down the biggest sled-riding hill in our town. But there are a number of things that I haven't done. Things I've never experienced. Not exciting bungee-jumping kind of things. Normal things. Everyday things. Things I find myself wondering how I could have possibly missed them. Here's my list so far:
1. I have never played monopoly all the way through.
2. I have never shot a gun (aside from a water-pistol).
3. I have never, despite having so many children, owned a regular high-chair or a changing table.
4. I have never built a fire or operated a barbeque grill.
5. I have never been to the Football Hall of Fame (significant only because we live 15 minutes away from it).
6. I have never jumped off a high-dive.
(numbers 7-9 are all food related, and are not things that I intend to ever eat, but people are usually shocked when I tell them, so I thought I'd include them here.)
7. I have never had a root-beer float or a banana split.
8. I have never made eggs any way except scrambled. I honestly don't even know proper egg terminology. If you asked me what exactly "over easy" or "sunny side up" means, I truly couldn't tell you.
9. I have never eaten a Whopper or a BigMac.
10. I have never mowed a lawn... or successfully operated a lawnmower in any way.
All I can do is shake my head and laugh. So am I alone here? Are there "normal" things that you've never done? I'd love to hear from you (mostly so I won't feel like such a freak). What things have you been missing out on?