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Surprise 1: Surprised by surprise

For my 100 Things Challenge, I decided I would write about one hundred things that have surprised me, be it people, places, ideas, events, thoughts, experiences, whatever. You may have noticed that I've dallied a bit in getting started. The reason turns out to be Thing 1: As I considered the various possibilities of what to begin with (not to mention what to go on with), the topic turned out to be a rather more personal one than I had expected. I suppose I should have known this, or been able to predict it: anger, fear, tears, lust, passion, startlement and surprise are all core reptilian-hind-brain sensations, so anything that triggers them pulls on strings that are wired fairly deeply into the psyche. But the more topics I came up with, the more I realized that in order to explain each of them I'd have to go into why it surprised me, which of course involves talking about the who/what/when/where/why of me.

So that's my first surprise: that sharing things that have surprised you can be surprisingly revealing. (Before we all get frightened of metaphysics or similar, here, let me reassure you that not all of my surprises are this deep. Thing 2, for example. which is coming tomorrow, is totally just fun. Very cool, but just fun.)

PS Note icon, which is like "SURPRISE!!" Isn't that clever??

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