define surprise

[think kit. day twenty-one.] BROWN LINE // CHICAGO — Things that come to mind when asked the question, “What surprised you this year?”

» I can go months without a haircut and not feel that bad about myself. (Eleven and counting)

» I thought I could have forced myself to be a morning person by now. I’m not. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised by that.

» We actually sold our car. Going carless is no longer a conversational aspiration.

» I can run 10+ miles like it’s no big deal. Holy crap. I can’t believe how far I’ve come in the last year.

» Having a good argument doesn’t mean anyone will listen or care. That shouldn’t deter you from making them, though.

—this is turning into a “lessons learned” post, rather than a collection of surprises from last year—

***I had written a few hundred more words on my WordPress app, and it didn’t save. Rather than try and remember what I wrote, I’m just cutting myself off. I’ve spent too much time on this as it is. Moving on…

[think kit. dec. 21 prompt: What surprised you this year? Was it a jump-out-of-your-seat shocking moment? Learning something new that really flipped your wig? A moment in time that left you speechless? A friend or stranger’s actions that really blew your mind? Leave us slack-jawed and standing silent…or at least thoughtfully quiet for a few seconds!]

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