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Did You Ever???

Updated on September 20, 2009

As I recheck my list (My Life---Check Off List--To Do ) and ( Jacob's Gold ) it made me wonder how many people out there today ever really step across that fine-line to just simply do something out of the---norm? You know, for not practical reason or need to do---just to feel good and laugh about it---later.

Oh yes, we all have said---Oh! that looks like fun but I could imagine what my friends would say about it. Well I'm here to tell you that you may have missed an experience like no other, it may well be a self-satisfying feat that you can carry with you to the rocking chair.

Now I do have certain rules about this that some would call irresponsibly. First I ask myself , "self if I do this will it hurt anyone but me and can I laugh about this later?"

I have found that many people now days simply do not take those few moments to "stop and smell the rose's." Now it might be just a good time to take a deep breath and have a good feel good belly laugh. Oh, I know with all the gloom and misery on the news today it is hard to just let ourselves step across this line.

I will attempt to give you an example of one of my many adventures of how I jumped that fence every now and then and can now sit back and laugh about it.

√ Another Time & Another Place:

Yes, the difference is I was working at the time when you ---then worked ten or twelve hours a day. I worked in the field of electronics and at times the stress of it could be overwhelming. You found yourself thinking of maybe a week-end off to get away from it all---in a sense we were wishing our live away. This job also required me to travel a lot, that means sleeping many times in airports---in a chair or on the floor when a flight is cancelled because---Mother Nature---rules.

Now have you ever just been simply driving down the freeway to or from a destination that you did not want to arrive at? Well this is how I handled that feeling one time and it felt soooooo-good and I'm still laughing at it.


The traffic was bumper to bumper we had just been inching along so the car stereo was my best friend---as I searched for my favorite Blues/Jazz  station and found it telling about the great food in New Orleans.  Now being a Cajun lady and knowing my way around the great city of New Orleans my mouth was watering as they talked about the items on a menu at a famous restaurant.  Just the thought of a big bowl of shrimp-Okra-Gumbo or a big plate of fried oysters.  Maybe it was the fact that my stomach had only seen a chocolate donut and six cups of coffee that day had something to do with it?

Then It happened!  Was it fate?  there was that big green and white sign that said EXIT-BW-AIRPORT next exit.  Well-----I still had that suit case of clothes in the back seat and the steering wheel just seem to turn at that exit.  Luckily I had only to wait for a little over one hour to get the flight to New Orleans.

Yes, it was a simple spur of the moment act and it felt soooooo-good.  To this day, I can honestly say that I have never tasted Shrimp Gumbo or Fried Oysters that tasted that good and believe me I have tried.

Yes my friends I can now check one more of those crazy things off my list that I did not have to do but now I am sitting here and laughing about it and still have a taste for some of that great gumbo and oysters---so jump that fence now and then and some day you too can sit back and laugh at how it felt---sooooooo-good.

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    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      fenzero Oh yes,living on that narrow balance beam most of my life and yes, I have fallen off of it several times but as you said, (grab onto everything and just do it.)

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      fenzero 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Ginn you are such an amazing soul, I love these stories!!

      "Always do what you are afraid to do" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

      One of my favourite quotes.. We have to get out there and grab onto everything and just do it!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Naomi thanks, for stopping by. Yes, we sometimes get caught up in following--the-sheep instead of straying a little bit to just enjoy life.

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      Naomi R. Cox 

      8 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

      You are so right. People are to serious these days. They get so wrapped up in what has to be done and don't think about what they would like to do. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Pachuca213 

      8 years ago

      amen to that!!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Pachuca, being a free spirit has got me into trouble many times---but OHooooo the memories were worth it. Life is to short not to GO FOR IT?

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Pachuca, being a free spirit has got me into trouble many times---but OHooooo the memories were worth it. Life is to short not to GO FOR IT?

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      Pachuca213 

      8 years ago

      I loved this. Not only do we share a love of Shrimp-Okra Gumbo but you and I seem to have free spirits. When I was younger (and not bound to anyone; no kids) I would just fly by the seat of my pants. Those were the best memories just waking up or out of the blue deciding to take a road trip or even a train trip somewhere....Spontaneous living! I had been so busy in life these past years I had forgot all about that, and in essence I forgot who I am inside in that aspect. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. You reminded me of my memories and that reminded me of who I forgot I am....=)

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      Godslittlechild 

      8 years ago

      My first time to read one of your articles. It's wonderful!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Duchess, my 77 years so far has been "a great ride" and now I can sit back and laugh with the memories.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      What a pleasant introduction to you Ginn. I must read more of your Hubs. I'm impressed with your love of life. Off to read more!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Now Jerilee, Let's just say we were "experiencing life" I'll stick to that story if you will? Love ya,

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      Jerilee Wei 

      8 years ago from United States

      Am thinking I did a little too much of the out of the norm? Well, maybe and maybe not. We'll see.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Nancy, yes I too keep not only surprising my children but sometimes just plain shock them. At least we will give them something to laugh about when we are gone.

      Michael Buble is one of my favorites too.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      8 years ago

      Oh Ginn---always a pleasure to read your articles…You are soooooo right with your comment about people not taking time to stop and smell the roses…There are times when someone is looking at my landscape photography and are in awe with the beauty they overlooked. How sad is that!

      Yes, I have done something out of the ordinary for me (asking myself the same ?’s you do before hand) and my children are surprised…Life has been a great ride even with its ups and downs, and many lessons…Next time around, I’ll take the lessons learned in this life and have even more fun!

      Michael Buble’, what a beautiful voice! Thanks for those video’s…..

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