Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking on far too many subjects. My latest realization is that things were far simpler in elementary school.
I mean, I never made it to class on time even though I lived less than a mile from school. I hated brushing my hair, but I loved to let my mom brush it. (For some strange reason this is still true, I love when other people brush my hair. I know, I'm a weirdo.) I wore shorts underneath my dresses so that I could take off my stupid tights, tuck my skirt in, and play like one of the boys. (Let's not rehash that time when I got knocked out by the football though, I really can't handle that right now. Most embarrassing moment of my life, true story.) I got busted for seriously mischievous debauchery and managed to talk myself out of a suspension to the point where, they didn't even have to call my mother, and all before 3rd grade. (Really that was pretty fantastic as I'd managed to cause a great deal of damage to a few of the staff's cars, and also to one of the girls bathrooms.)
Anyway, I got to thinking about interpersonal relationships and how those have changed (at least, for me they have) since grade school. How many among you recall the days when romantic relationships could be boiled down to this:
Granted, some of the shyer kids would never have the guts to write up such a note, and other shy kids would never have the guts to honestly answer one. Really though, how many times do you wish you could pass one of these out and get an honest answer back? Doesn't this clearly beat those lame myspace bulletins in its directness? I don't want to know how, where, and what you'd be wearing, just if the potential exists. Let everything else go on its own from there.
This got me to thinking about how you could apply this kind of directness to the rest of your life. There is a wealth of information that could be gleaned by simple, honest yes or no answers to some pretty straight-forward questions. For example:
I feel like you could learn a lot about a person based on their answer to this note. Don't you? A "yes," "no," or "wtf?" would speak volumes.
Then I got to thinking, even though the potential exists to learn a great deal about people this way, just imagine how many scenarios you could get a decisive resolution to with one of these notes as well. Got a friend who's being wishy-washy on some tentative plans you've arranged? Know someone who just hasn't had time in the crazy business before a major event to get back to you? It's easy, take the grade school approach:
I should write life coach seminar scripts or something.
Then again, I couldn't bring myself to write a life coach seminar script that didn't include ninjas and squirrels.
So lets get some answers people. I've posted my notes here, what do you say?