One day, when I was heading home from work, I was putting my coat on and was surprised and pleased to find a banana in the inside pocket. I’d completely forgotten about it, and now I had a snack for the way home.
Then I thought: “This was such a nice surprise… Maybe it would be nice to have surprises like this more often! Maybe I should hide bananas all over the place, so I will constantly be finding them and being happy!”
It was only a short period of time before I considered the consequences of not finding those bananas, or finding them too late. Dark brown squishy bananas in my pocket, in the laundry; squishing onto my socks when I put my shoes on, and stinking up my underwear drawer. No, maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.
The important thing is that I forsaw the problem before it happened. I didn’t have to go through the actual process of trial and error, and squish seventeen bananas on my hands and feet before realizing that maybe caching bananas all over my home and workplace for the sake of pleasant surprsies had a very distinct downside. It’s not like the time I shrugged to myself and said, “Maybe I can talk and drink water at the same time!” (I coudln’t, and the attempt was embarrasing). No, sir. I thought about hiding bananas, realized it was very likely be more problematic than pleasant, and then I did not hide the bananas. That, my friends, is called growing up.
I was very proud.