Too Many to Name

Daily Prompt Too Big To Fail Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).

“Oh no, Lamont. Another confessional prompt.”

“Yeah, I saw.”

“You’ll do anything, right? I mean you’re brave, if not reckless. Your friends and enemies both say so.”

“A wise man knows his limits. He learns them by falling.”

“You’re not a man.”

“Yeah, I know I just never had any problem with the so-called male pronoun representing both and/or all genders. It’s a lot simpler than the alternatives that have been presented.”

“Hmm, not really with the program, are we, Lamont.”


“What WOULD you attempt if you were sure you wouldn’t fail?”

“It’s not so much about failure as hurting myself, Dude. What kind of idiot goes out there and voluntarily hurts himself? Why would I do that?”

“Isn’t there anything that might not, you know, hurt you that you want to try but are afraid of failing?”

“No. I’m not particularly afraid of failing. I expect to fail. Failure is 100% guaranteed. For that matter, as my students used to ask (thinking it was a smart thing to say) ‘What does success mean? Isn’t that personal?’ A neat way to wriggle out of a discussion on the subject, but true, nonetheless.”

“What won’t you try?”

“Who cares?”

13 thoughts on “Too Many to Name

  1. If it won’t kill me, I’ve probably given it a shot or still do it. If I haven’t tried it, I probably was never all that interested … and if it doesn’t pay either, why bother? Say hi to Lamont for me.

  2. Let’s face it, the ambitions disappear with the years.Agree with Lamont and you, who really cares. I took another walk today, nearly killed me, but who cares. I do of course, I survived.

    • I still have plenty of ambitions, I just don’t care if I fail or not which is definitely different from when I was younger and it mattered a LOT to me that I “make it”. BUT you’re right; certain things that I did when I was young I will not attempt again. Twice burned, shame on me.

      You might want to take one or two days off between walks (advice from someone who also has a hard time walking but who still has to take Dusty and Mindy). Our bodies don’t recover as quickly from new exertion as they once did — they’re less ambitious, apparently. 😉

      • We could get into a loop here. What does “don’t succeed at it” mean, just like “what does success mean?” Just a rhetorical, maybe philosophical, question. No need to really answer. I’m just playing devil’s advocate, or maybe being a nuisance. lol

      • I don’t think there’s any mystery here. If you try something and don’t get the results you wanted you failed. And yeah, it’s dependent on the person and what he/she tries to do. I might learn from my failure, I might choose to regard it as a “learning experience” but I still failed at what I attempted. Personally, I don’t think it’s philosophical at all. I think we all know it when it happens to us — but, yeah, it’s one of those things that people go off on.

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