We were talking the other night about dumb stuff our teenagers get up to and then, of course started talking about dumb stuff we did when we were younger (and even more recently). So, I thought I’d share with you the top 3 dumbest things I’ve ever done. Not that there weren’t plenty, plenty more, but these are probably the biggest in scope:
1. At seventeen I ran away from home and joined the circus…okay, it wasn’t exactly the circus; more of a travelling road show and I was along to sell tapes (Note: Tapes were musical recording devices used in the dark ages days before we were clever enough to invent CDs). I went on tour with 6 total strangers for five months.
2. One summer, a couple of years later, I went to Europe with a friend and neither of us had any money. We’d scraped together enough for a standby airfare and just under $100 each spending money. We had a very small tent, sleeping bags and our backpacks. Between us we also had 3 foreign languages and about 4 sets of distant European relatives each of whom we hit up for a meal and a night indoors.
3. When my daughter was five, the two of us moved from southern Ontario to Halifax. I’d never been to the Maritimes in my life and I didn’t know a soul there. I sold and/or got rid of almost everything I owned and while I still had a substantive position with the government, I didn’t have an actual job in Halifax.
And, these things are relatively mild compared to some of the stories I’ve heard from friends. It always amazes me how some of us have managed to survive more or less intact. The thing is though that these dumb things also sometimes turn out to be among the best things you’ve ever done. On the other hand, they could very easily have turned out really, really bad. Is it worth the risk? What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done?