if I couldn’t fail…

buckets

There are these life lists you can find on the Internet. They are like bucket lists for things you’d like to do before you die and there’s this one about things you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail. I had never really thought about it in terms like that. I mean really? Who sits around and wonders about stuff they would like to do, if they knew they couldn’t fail? Β 

Even bouncing the word fail around in my head is meaningless. Not because I have no fear of failing, but because the word always reminds me of making grades in school. That’s what the word fail reminds me of. It reminds me of report cards. Failing grades. It means to not accomplish a goal, but it still gives me visions of hallways lined with lockers. I just can’t get past that vision in order to take the task seriously.

oh geez…but I’ll try.

If I knew I couldn’t fail I would…

Ride my bike to Corolla from my house without any training. I love their bike path!

(okay, I’m already stuck and have no clue what else)

I dunno. I guess I just never think about life and doing stuff in terms of whether or not I would fail. I just don’t. I don’t sit around saying “Oh! I’d do such and such if I thought I could do it and get away with it!” Do you? Who does that? A bucket list is an entirely different animal. Those are things you know you can do, but don’t have the time or the money to do. A Fail List is not a Bucket List!

Oh I got one!!!

Win the lottery! And on one of those really rich days too when no one has won in a few weeks!

Okay…thinking…thinking…sheesh, I got nothing. I’m not even sure that’s a good thing either. Is it healthy to never think in terms of failing? I certainly don’t think I’m omnipotent! I know I can fail at stuff. I do it all the time. I just never sat around and thought about listing them. Even if I thought about going back to school (see? there it is again! the hallway lined with lockers!) I wouldn’t think about it in terms of failing as a reason not to return. Besides I don’t think about going back to school.

I DO think about having a Bucket List though πŸ™‚ Now that’s something I can add goals to!

Travel to Scotland.

Travel to Paris again with my husband.

Build a house.

See? Those are goals I can sit around and think up all day long! Probably because they are goals, something to look forward to and not something I know I’ll never do because I don’t feel like I can do them.

Isn’t that a better way to think?

Think of the possibilities in life, rather than the impossibilities.

Oh! I got one!

Make a list of things I might never do because I think I might fail doing them.

I think I failed that.

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About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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4 Responses to if I couldn’t fail…

  1. This had me smiling. πŸ™‚

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  2. Paula says:

    The bike paths in Corolla ARE awesome! As far as a list is concerned, I have a list of 20 things I want to accomplish this week, and I might get 10 of them done. Why not all? Because I will inevitably run out of time!! Hehe! And going to Scotland is on my list of places I would LOVE to visit someday, too! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  3. whine-wine-whatever says:

    At my advanced age, there is ONE thing I’d like to do if I knew I couldn’t fail:

    Learn to swim.

    But my lifelong fear of water has got a serious hold on me, and while the thought of taking swimming lessons has been suggested MANY times, I have a deathly fear of drowning. I’ve never felt the sensation of buoyancy; I think that’s a major roadblock. Because I cannot even float. And I’ve been reminded MANY times by friends of all the aqua-fun I’m missing. I dunno. I know I still have time to learn, but the moon and stars need to be properly aligned for me to even consider it.

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    • AAAaaaaa!!! I have a fear of the water too, though mine is not quite as advanced as yours is. I used to swim like a fish, even in the ocean. Nothing about the water scared me, but one day it just hit me and now if I can’t touch the bottom I freak out. My husband gave me swimming lessons one year for my birthday as a way to overcome my neurosis and it helped. Now I’m not as afraid as I used to be and can relax in the water, but it takes me some time to warm up to it. I prefer a swimming pool these days. Once you’re feeling up to it, maybe look into taking some beginner lessons with someone nice that won’t think it’s tough love to dunk you. You don’t even have to take the lessons, just take a peek to get the ball rolling. Besides there’s no rule that says you have to know how to swim πŸ™‚

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