There’s a slew of movies and TV shows in which dead people are dead wrong thinking that they’re alive.
I recently discovered that just as the deceased don’t always know they’ve passed on, some of us don’t realize that the things we thought were typical…well… aren’t.
Case in point: my garage door opener.
Until just (mumbles date), I thought that I needed to preserve the life of my garage door opener by limiting its use to once—or maybe if I was feeling especially decadent, twice—a day. Tops.
I was also convinced that many of Central Oregon’s wilderness trails are one-way and lived in fear of being caught walking the wrong way, no matter how expansive the pathway.
Then there was my supposedly incorrect(??) view that cheese basically has an indefinite shelf-life (I mean, it’s aaaaaaaged), and that you can mix ranch dressing with anything and make a delicious sauce. (I’m standing by that one.)
These revelations—much like the moment I realized that I will not in fact, ever need to do long division—are often side dishes to a main course of New. Just as the call to adventure takes the protagonist from daily life to fresh territories and novel experiences, a journey to the new and unfamiliar can be a gateway to wisdom, discovery, and growth.
It can also be a discovery of what’s gloriously different than what you previously knew, like butter under peanut butter in a PB&J.
Dear friends, what are some things that are different than you were taught or originally thought?
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