This Spring I saw a post by my cousin on Facebook about trying ten new things in ten days, and I decided to join her. My mind jumped to the big ones: I’ve never been to Burning Man, I’ve never seen the Northern Lights, I’ve never been arrested for civil disobedience with Susan Sarandon! But then I reminded myself that I would be trying ten new things here, in Carbondale, for the last ten days of the month. And so it goes…
On Day #1 I made key lime pie. Anyone who knows me, and my culinary skill set, understands the importance of this undertaking; starting with anything in the kitchen was a brave beginning for sure. I texted my friend Tom who is from the South (Florida counts) and he gave me his family recipe. Next I searched the grocery store for the ingredients I would need… actually, this wasn’t such a big deal as I did it after work, so I was already in a grocery store.
Sidebar- there is a rumor floating around that Whole Foods Roaring Fork will be expanding. I told my boss they should consider giving the lion’s share of new space to the back-stock area, as that would make the employees’ lives easier. Plus, I have a theory about rich people in close proximity; I think the wealthier you are the less human contact you experience. And it isn’t healthy. Think about it, the difference in elbow room between first class and coach, private car and subway, box seats and mosh pit… Human touch is an important part of life and rich people are deprived of the under sung sense. That’s why they love Whole Foods, even if it’s on a subconscious level; the aisles are so damn small that they can’t help but run into each other.
Anyway, back to me and my key lime pie; I went home and prepped the kitchen (our dishwasher and oven are mostly used for storage.) Once I had all the necessary bowls and beaters out, I began to make the pie. And I have to say, in my limited pie-making experience, key lime pie is the easiest pie ever! I was done before I had any on me. I proudly took a picture (documenting for Facebook) and put it in the frig. Half an hour later, I served up key lime puddle for my husband and myself. After a night in the refrigerator, however, I had created a picture-perfect, Southern-worthy key lime pie.
On Day #5 I helped out at the 5point film festival where I saw the film Metanoia and actually met Jeff Lowe. For those of you who don’t know his story, I highly recommend you see this film. It is incredibly honest and real, and puts life right into perspective. Something about watching the man who solo climbed the North face of Eiger (in a blizzard) become disabled by ALS overwhelmed me with appreciation for life’s journey. It really is all about attitude, and our point of view is completely our choice.
By Day #7 I was struggling a bit to think of something I had never done before. But I was also beginning to notice the sense of significance that I felt by getting out of my day-to-day routine. Something as simple as talking to a complete stranger, or taking a new trail on my hike made the magic reappear.
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” -Paulo Coelho
By remaining open to others and living close to the bone, i.e., not insulated in my own little air-conditioned bubble, it is easier to see the day-to-day joy in everything/everyone. Nothing makes someone lose the plot faster than loss of human contact. We are all in this together, after all.
So, on Day #11 I just kept going… I joined the Ladies of the Roundabout. I didn’t know all of the Ladies, and I didn’t know what to expect, but I showed up with my camp chair and my cup to watch the folks of Carbondale drive through our new roundabout, honking and waving as they went. A real front row seat for community; thanks BB!