Remember the movie Yes Man with Jim Carey? Ok, the movie’s plot is slightly ridiculous, because really who wouldn’t say YES if Zooey Deschanel was asking. But other than that it’s got a great point. Life is out there offering us so many things and when it comes down to it, oftentimes all we really need to do is open our window to the breeze.
Given this idea, a few summers ago I decided to have my very own Yes Man experience. It was what I called “Yes Summer!”
The [loose] rules:
1) It cannot be wildly out of my expense range.
2) Nothing significantly physically or mentally dangerous
3) I’m not giving you a ride to the airport just because I have to say “yes.”
Even with these guidelines, I always did my best not to wiggle out of any potential yes moments, no matter how wild or simple. From here on Yes Summer took off. Examples:
Do you want to go to L.A. and come back before class tomorrow? Yes
Would you like a tattoo? Yes
It is 2am… shall we go rollerskating? Yes
That apartment building has cool numbers, I want one …… Ok pull the car over, yes!
Throughout Yes Summer I had a number of adventures and misadventures, but my favorite part about it was the fact that it actually led me to make some significant friendships at that time. Initially I met some dudes at bar. We got to talking and one of them half heartedly invited me to an art gallery opening, expecting me to say yes but then flake out on it like I probably would on any other plan made with strangers whilst drinking in a bar. The next day I texted Bill reminding him to send me the details for the art opening. He replied promptly, surprised that I was actually serious. The following weekend he picked me up and we went to the show where I met a number of other interesting people who later became my friends. This type of friendship making was a trend throughout Yes Summer.
I finally retired Yes Summer in August 2011 with a a worthwhile five hundred dollars in credit card debt and a smile on my face. Now, given how honestly bored I’ve been recently, I’m thinking it might be time that I experience a Yes Summer again.
I’m here and I’m waiting, Sydney. Show me what you’ve got. My answer is yes.