It all started as a joke! I mean…who would go without searching the interwebs for a whole year, much less an entire day? Certainly not me!
The conversation began because I was with someone that would grab the phone and say “I’ll Google it” to nearly every mystery or uncertainty that was presented. I threw a fastball and told her to get it all out now, because on the 1st, no more google. There were several chuckles and jokes as the days passed and then…HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The next morning (yesterday) we were ready to head out and about. The problem was that we couldn’t use the phone to google events or what we could do. It seemed that our day would end before it ever started. As we were aimlessly driving around, she clarified with a last-minute rule that “Googling” meant searching ANY web. For example…if we wanted to go see a band, we still were not allowed to go directly to the clubs website to see when and how much…because that is googling. WTH?! So we drove around for a bit and gave into laziness. We simply went to the mall, and I don’t mean a decent mall (not that ANY of them are) but an outdated struggling mall. After 40 minutes of walking around and entertaining ourselves with our already crazy behaviour and discussing what had changed in the last ten years, we walked back to the car only to pose the same question. Well, what now?…After some degree of people watching I suggested bowling. Convenient! Back into the mall, we went. They have an alley there. We bowled a few games each and had a great time. Back out to the car and AGAIN…now what? We decided to eat, but of course, couldn’t google ideas. So we picked a direction and stopped at the first place that caught our interest. El Patron, it is!
This went on the whole day, but after I was home and settle for the night, I couldn’t help thinking that it was one of the most relaxing and fun days that I have had in a long time. I also reflected on the discussion of how we declared that this was an ongoing challenge until one of us broke. We never discussed how each other would be held accountable or how we would know if one broke the rules. I also thought about that last night. It occurred to me that we never needed to because we just know that we both have that much integrity and there would be zero reason to distrust.
I may have learned alot more yesterday that I thought I would…about me, her, and the people I want in my life going forward.