I was reading to the big kids at bedtime. They had chosen a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book called The Lost Jewels of Nabooti – so, true to form, I emphasized the “booti” for a laugh.
As if that wasn’t enough, when we came to the last page of the adventure they had created, it read:
“You have fallen into a hole. It is pitch black. There is no food, no water.
You are doomed.
For some reason, this was just about the funniest thing we had ever heard. Their Dad came downstairs from putting the baby to bed, and we all took turns coming up with our own dooming endings, which went a little something like this:
Eli: “Mom has farted and pulled up the sheets. You can’t breathe. You are doomed. THE END.”
Addy: “There are no more cookies in the entire world. You are doomed. THE END.”
Mom: “Peppa Pig has been cancelled. You will never watch them fall on their backs laughing again. You are doomed. THE END.”
Dad: “It is bedtime. You have to be quiet now. You are doomed. THE END.”
It got me thinking about life and the choices we make, and how we’re all really one wrong turn from being doomed. (The end.)
Lucky for us, our lives aren’t made up of spy adventures and mountain climbing and gun fights and speeding trains. We aren’t super likely to wind up at the bottom of a pitch-black pit in the middle of Morocco after being chased by bad guys searching for mystical jewels.
We do have choices, though. There are broken hearts and broken homes and missed deadlines and lost jobs. We don’t always say the right thing or turn the right page, and sometimes it’s too late to go back.
But we can always go forward.
You and me and my kids and everyone in the whole world is right in the middle of their own story, and while it may not feel like a story worth writing about, it’s one worth living to the fullest, for sure.
So the next time you have a hard decision to make, think about what might happen if you “Turn to page 54.”
Will there be an exciting opportunity, or will you fall into a pit? If you do, will you be able to climb back out?
The scenarios in the books are sensational and glamorous. In our simpler, routine, day-to-day lives, we’re more likely to encounter literal and figurative doo-doo than doom.
What you do with the doo-doo is up to you.
Wash your hands, and turn the page.