September 23, 2010
How far will you follow a friend?
Before I get into today’s topic, I thought I’d share my latest word misinterpretation, which happened the same day I uploaded my last post. We stopped for dinner on the way to a wedding of our nephew in Yosemite and parked behind a car with a dealer license plate of “Sturgeon & Beck.” I initially thought it said “Surgeon in Back,” as in “Baby on Board.”
I think I’ll call these “whoops words.” What are yours?
Anyway, onto some questions for you that grew out of my introduction to the new sport of Parkour from a video sent to me by my brother. It reminded me of those occasions in my childhood when I wanted to do some popular activity that our parents thought was unwise. The consistent response was, “If your friend wanted to jump off a roof, would you do it?” Well, it turns out that an increasing number of people (young, you will notice) do follow their friends off a roof. Watch this video and then answer the questions below.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
How far will I go to follow a friend?
What are my limits?
What is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done because I followed someone else’s advice?
What is the smartest thing I’ve done because I did follow someone else’s advice?
Incidentally, when my brother sent the video, he said, essentially, that he wouldn’t follow a friend through these gymnastics for two reasons. First, his wife wouldn’t let him. Second, he wasn’t crazy. I would add a third. He’s a lot older and less limber than these guys are.
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