Have You Ever…

When you think about it, we are who we are because of DNA, nuturing, environment, and experiences. Every human being on this planet begins the same (birth) and ends the same (death). However, everything that occurs, or doesn’t occur, between those events determines our personalities, thoughts, and actions. What kind of person are you?

In no specific order, have you ever:
Gone skinny dipping?
Told a lie?
Flown a kite?
Intentionally hurt someone?
Not returned a library book on purpose?
Found the perfect gift?
Made a bad decision?
Prayed for something silly or selfish?
Been intolerant or prejudiced?
Put chewed gum under your seat?
Gone more than two days without a shower/bath?
Had nothing to eat?
Done a kind deed and not told anybody about it?
Wished you were dead?
Embarrassed someone?
Been mean to an animal?
Played hooky from school or work?
Ridden a horse on the beach?
Stared into the distance from a mountaintop?
Kept change from a store not due you?
Not picked up your dog’s poop?
Walked out on a restaurant bill?
Been overly impatient?
Regretted anything?
Had road rage?
Thought everyone else was stupid?
Felt blessed?
Intentionally taken up two parking spaces?
Been selfish, thoughtless, or inconsiderate?
Slipped into another movie after the one you paid for had ended?
Cursed in front of children?
Spanked(not hit or slapped) your child?
Told a secret?
Felt sorry for yourself?
Been caught doing something sneaky?
Called the police when someone was abusing their child(children)?
Refused to listen to reason?
Saved anyone’s life?
Been aware of who you truly are?
Run away or wanted to?
Turned your back on anyone?
Hated yourself?
Appreciated others?
Forgotten to tell your children you love them?
Eaten cotton candy?
Forgotten your manners?
Pondered the meaning of life?
Wanted to kill someone?
Wished you had another life?
Been depressed?
Really liked your body?
Lusted after someone?
Dreamed the impossible?
Sang your child to sleep?
Driven 100mph or more on a deserted road?
Wanted something/someone you couldn’t have?
Bettered the world around you?
Done something you knew was wrong?
Had a best friend?
Disappointed yourself or anyone else?
Driven drunk?
Watched a butterfly come out of a cocoon?
Cried yourself to sleep?
Laughed so hard you cried?
Danced when alone?
Won something?
Been discontented?
Been overwhelmed with joy?
Wished someone was dead?
Felt God was watching you?
Had a premonition?
Been forced to have sex?
Put yourself or someone else in a dangerous situation?
Fallen and been unable to get up?
Taken a dare?
Done something that was totally unlike you?
Been stubborn?
Done anything stupid?
Ignored a responsibility?
Helped to elect a politician?
Seen a shooting star?
Been awed by nature?
Surprised someone?
Let someone down?
Been rude or crude?
Watched a lightning storm?
Reached your goal(s)?
Tried something new and different?
Felt uncompromisingly loved?
Gotten lost?
Taken a bus?
Been rescued?
Rescued someone?
Thought ahead?
Been on a train?
Preened in front of a mirror?
Forgotten anything?
Partied until you dropped?
Tried pot?
Been on a rollercoaster?
Sledded or tubed down a very high hill?
Been unable to make a decision?
Eaten sushi?
Been very, very bad?
Been rewarded for something you did not do?
Heard your children laugh?
Been disciplined?
Had a dream come true?
Been disappointed?
Given up on yourself?
Been thrown out of a restaurant or club?
Given comfort to a stranger?
Memorized a poem?
Been betrayed?
Excelled at anything?
Cringed at someone’s appearance?
Thought you were alone in the world?
Overcome a disability?
Met someone who inspired you?
Tried a new recipe?
Been scared?
Read a different genre?
Worked a jigsaw puzzle?
Bought something totally outrageous?
Squandered money?
Been glad to have been born?
Felt superior?
Experienced empathy?
Discovered something extraordinary? 
Surprised yourself?
Invented something?
Burst someone’s balloon?
Taken up a new hobby?
Been given a second chance?
Been proud of yourself?
Been complimented?
Strayed from grace?
Created a masterpiece?
Barely gotten by?
Been laid off?
Kept a garden?
Scoffed or scorned someone?
Felt overlooked in the workplace?
Been belittled?
Abused the innocent?
Righted a wrong?
Not helped someone?
Been self-righteous?
Been overwhelmed with grief?
Felt worthless?
Been taken advantage of?
Taken advantage of anyone?
Abused a friendship?
Kept still instead of speaking out?
Been open to new ideas?
Considered all sides of a story?
Read to your children or grandchildren?
Been stingy?
Fed a bunch of strangers?
Gone against your nature?
Done something you have always wanted to do?
Fallen in love at first sight?
Realized that all of our non-physical differences originate in our minds?

There are hundreds more questions, of course. but hopefully those you have just glanced through might give you pause or cause you to contemplate what is going on in your life. How long has it been since you have thought about what kind of person you are? Though no mortal is perfect, some try harder than others to be the best they can be. They triumph over their circumstances by sheer willpower and/or determination. Others fall short of the exemplary life, having had the spirit pounded out of them. Some people can get back up only so many times after being beat down, discouraged, or ravaged. Still others go through life with blinders on, mindful only of themselves and their immediate surroundings. All through life we make decisions that are right/wrong, good/bad, mighty/insignificant. The results of our decisions affect us and the people around us in many ways, whether we care to acknowledge that or not.

The purpose of life is to give and help not to acquire and harm. Those who focus on one goal or ideation doom themselves and others to a very unfulfilling life.

(I did not mean for this post to be solemn. It started out as whimsical – “Have you ever swung on a star? Carried moonbeams home in a jar?…” Yet, I cannot help but be provocative sometimes; it’s just the cynical part of my nature piping up.)


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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3 Responses to Have You Ever…

  1. Jenni says:

    Great and thought-provoking post Monnie!! I especially like the last line… “Those who focus on one goal or ideation doom themselves and others to a very unfulfilling life…” SO TRUE. I totally agree. Well said.


  2. Lynne says:

    Stop and analyze? Wouldn’t that be wonderful if we actually STOPPED and THOUGHT; questioned ourselves like you mentioned. We are all in a huge rush. Shame on us. I felt the seriousness of your questions and appreciate them. I appreciate YOU for taking time to THINK for some of us!


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