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Updated on September 6, 2009

Just Imagine Never Saying No

"Hello, nice to see you my friend! You know I was wondering if you wanted to fly off of a building tonight and jump a cloud or two together?" "Sounds great, where do we take off from? "Wait a minute, I thought you would say NO for sure!" "Why?" "Well because you could die that's why and I was just making it up because it is not possible." I looked at him for a long time. "Who says? I asked."

I stood there in wonder and promised myself that I would never say NO again. "I'm never saying NO again because you see every time I say NO I miss out on things in life so for the first time EVER, I refuse to say NO ever again!" My friend stood across from me and asked me if I was ok and if I have been losing sleep. Afterall I'm the type of gal that treads lightly with caution at all times. I always stick to the rules and have always done so.

"Danny, this is the new me. I refuse to say NO and I'm starting over in life and ANYTHING GOES, ok?" I stood staring at him with his eyes fixed on me as he spoke, "Well, ok then I'm ready when you are!" We stood there in silence as we tried to figure out how to start my adventurous NO rules life. "Tell me Samantha, is there anything you ever wanted to do that you never did because you said NO? "I thought about it for a moment and I could think of hundreds of times that I wanted to do something, but said NO.

"Well Danny I have always wanted to be a hippy chick and run naked along a stream and swim in a water hole and make love on a rock under a waterfall on a whim." Danny stood there in shock with his mouth open. We had been friends for a while and he did not know what to say. He spoke. "Samantha, do you want me to ask you if you want to do THAT so you have to do it?" I smiled at the thought. Afterall what the hell is stopping me now in my new life of never saying NO again. "Well, NO....I mean YES!" He hesitated because he did not know where this is heading. "Well, who do you want to make love with on the rock?" I began to grow impatient. "YOU silly, who the hell else is around? Come on, let's be free!" So I ran and took off my clothes and dove into the water hole and then climbed onto the rock.

"Samantha, there is a slight problem here. We are both in relationships and this would be breaking the rules in our commitments." I rolled my eyes. "Are you saying NO?" Danny started to sweat like he had done before. "Do not tell me that you are going to continue your life of saying NO. You see this is the problem with everyone saying NO." Danny slowly walked over to the water hole and jumped in but he was moving slowly waiting for me to change my mind.

As he moved towards me he asked me a few other questions. "Has this NO thing always been about men?" I looked at him in the water before I answered, "NO!" "Well is there anything else you ever said NO to?" "Yes, there is. I was picked to model in Italy when I was younger, but I said NO because I didn't want to leave my family or my boyfriend at the time. Danny kept moving but he was scared. "Maybe you need to travel more or something?" I started to laugh. "It's ok Danny if you want to say NO." He looked down at his body in the water and then dipped down to swim. "I don't want to say NO, but part of me thinks I need to say NO because you have gone a bit nuts." I stared at him in the water and thought about how the whole thing was ruined now. "My whole point is not to think anymore and just go with the flow. "Stop talking about it and come and make love to me!" He stood there in shock. 

"Danny, relax, it is no big deal. I was just trying to see what it would be like to not say NO and then go for it without thinking it all out all of the time. I always seem to think things out and plan everything and never just do something impulsive. If someone asks me to become a fashion designer or radio host, I'm not going to say NO." Danny started to laugh. "You know Samantha, this is all part of getting older. Trying to do the things that you may have missed out on. This is the natural flow of aging and finding out more about your needs and what you want in life." I smiled at him and then jumped out and put my clothes on. "Well, thanks for the adventure Danny. Atleast I got to pretend what it was like to not think about every little thing, for a moment anyway." He got out of the water, got dressed and then gave me a nice kiss anyway. I let him do it and I didn't say NO.

"Hey, Sam....Do you want to hit a rollercoaster this weekend or maybe jump out of a plane?The idea of jumping out of planes and riding rollercoasters absolutely terrifies me but I didn't hesitate this time. "YES, I said. That sounds glorious!" 


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    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from California

      reindeerz.....thanks for stopping by and leaving our comment! Yes, sometimes we just have to say NO! ha Best, GPAGE

    • reindeerz profile image


      7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I hate that I have to say "no" so often to my daughter, but it's part of life I suppose. :)

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      The glad I made you giggle! Thank you for stopping by. It is always nice to see you here. I hope you are having a nice holiday season.....G

    • The Rope profile image

      The Rope 

      9 years ago from SE US

      LOL!!! I feel it. Thanks for sharing.

      Regarding Queen of L's comment - one of my dad's favorite sayings was "No, now convince me". He must have said it a million times and you'd better be ready otherwise the "No" stood.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Aw shucks . . .

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Hey James! GLAD you liked this ;

      I am just about to read the rest of your hub on your adorable dog!

      I LOVE to hear about your life! Those are my favorite hubs.......cute pic too ;


    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      This story was . . . exciting! :)

      I have not been much of a no person in my day. If I have regrets, it's the other way. That maybe there were times when I should have said no!

      Thanks for the fine read. I enjoyed it.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Thank you Vizey! nice to see you here.......Best, G

    • Vizey profile image


      9 years ago

      Very inspiring hub. When ever I read these kinds of hubs, I get energetic. I start working. I start thinking. I thank you for making this hub. Yes to Never saying no.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      landthatilove: Well, sounds like you had a GREAT life! ;

      Thanks for checking in......! GPAGE

    • landthatilove profile image


      9 years ago from ohio

      I was never a "no" kind of person or kid. I was a risk taker and constantly seeking adventure. As a result I have tons of experiences some of which led to getting myself into hot water. Then I became a survivalist. I lived through the broken bones and getting knocked out or even shunned but I am proud to have lived for the moment. BTW, never did anything criminal aside from smoking a few joints. To me "no" meant "challenge".

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      HEY! Queen of the lint.....THANX for checkin in! I LOVE to hear stuff about kids!

      I know what you mean about saying "I don't know" ....I always say this to "kill time" so I don't have to say NO! ha

      Anyway.......great to hear from you.

    • Queen of the Lint profile image

      Queen of the Lint 

      9 years ago from The Laundry Room

      What a good hub! It's funny because since I had kids and was also a sub or a permanent teacher in mostly elementary classrooms, it became my habit to say "No" to them even before they'd finish asking the question. Not the same thing at all as your hub, except that it can be safer to say no.

      I also think that "I don't know" means "no" but that's only because when I asked kids why they were doing something they shouldn't be doing they'd always say "I don't know" and so I said "If you don't know why you're doing something, don't do it."

      But I guess I don't always have to say no.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from California

      Thanx LB! ;

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      9 years ago

      Love this hub! Funny really because I was just asking another woman the other day - Could you imagine living in a world without fear? What the possibilities would be? What stops people really? Is it real? Why do we hold illusive boundaries? Is it because we were told "no" more often then not? Is it all due to other people's fears placed on us? All the dogma?

      Anyway, great piece! Nice waterfalls! ha! XO


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