Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I Dare You To

            Didn't you love playing Truth or Dare as a kid? I know you did, even if it meant kissing that boy (dare) or telling your best friend that you kissed her boyfriend (truth). It was still exciting, and now you can look back and have yourself a laugh.

            Well, who cares that I’m 25? I want to play Truth or Dare, and I want to play it now with you! Don’t worry, I won't make you kiss anyone, unless you really want to, in which case go for it! And if they don't kiss you back you can tell them I dared you to. Blame it on me, it's fine.

             I just feel like there are some things people should do more often that they probably wouldn’t unless they were dared. So I'm gonna dare you to start. I guarantee you’ll feel better after you complete each one! I also promise to play fair. After each dare, I’ll tell you the truth about whether I have actually done this or not. We can keep this Truth or Dare version PG though. Not the way you used to play at parties when your thought your parents were sleeping. Ready?  
            Dare:   Pay for someone’s coffee. When you’re in line at Dunkins, Starbucks, McDonald’s, wherever, tell the cashier that you want to pay for the person-behind-you’s order, and with any luck, they won’t be ordering 6 different combo meals (that would suck and would be really expensive…generous, but expensive). They will be so thrilled to get a free treat. Remember, karma goes a long way and what goes around comes around! Start to pay it forward now! Imagine being the reason for someone’s smile. Think about it. 
            Truth:  I’ve never done this, but I really want to. Just last week, a random person paid for my drink at the bar, and it made my night. How nice of him. It got me thinking that I should do something like this someday. 

            Dare:   Join the gym. If you don’t regularly work out, get up off your bum and exercise! There are many gyms that allow you to have a free 14 day trial. Try it out for those 2 weeks, and I promise you won’t regret it. You will feel so much better about yourself, and those jeans you thought would never fit again might just zip right up on you. You’ll never get the bum you want by sitting on it!
            Truth:  I work out regularly, and it’s the best thing I ever started doing for myself. I honestly can’t imagine my life without habitually exercising. It’s become part of who I am. On the days I can’t make it to the gym, I just feel sluggish and out of sorts.
            Dare:   Do something you’d never normally do. Go hiking. Try skiing. Join a sports team. If someone asks you to go see a band you've never heard of, go. You could really enjoy hearing some new songs, and who knows? You might fall in love with the lead singer and live happily ever after.
            Truth:  I love any kind of concert. Ask me to go to one. I don’t care who’s playing, I’m there. Music makes me feel emotions I never knew I had. So, who are we seeing, and when?!
            Dare:   Spend a weekend at home with your pet. Animals get lonely, and they just want to be around you. They need love and reassurance just like you do.

           Truth:  I’ve done this many times, and the affection I get from my cat is just incredible. It makes me realize how much she misses me when I’m not around.

            Dare:   Spend a whole day with your parents. They love you and want to spend time with you. They really look forward to this. If your parents aren’t around, spend the day with your sister or brother. If your sister or brother aren't around, call an old friend. Call a new friend. Don't lose touch. 
            Truth:  I do this a lot, but I should try do to it more often.


            Dare:    Just be yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others. Try it for a day.

            Truth:    These are the words I try to live by. This is also why I suffered through the pain of getting "Love yourself first" tattooed my foot.

            Dare:   Try eating a vegetarian diet for two weeks. Just try it! You will feel so clean and light, and your moods will be steadier. You will have more energy, and your skin will improve. If you already have good skin, it will continue to stay that way if not get even better. If you try this, let me know how you feel after 2 weeks. I know you will report amazing results.
            Truth:  Come on. Is this even a question?

            Well, good luck, and have fun with these. Let me know after you’ve completed at least one! Then you can dare me to do something :)