Fearless Writing Challenge, Day 43: 3 Things I Wish I Had Tried



I don’t really have regrets at this point in my life. I’m essentially happy with where – and who – I am.

Sure, I would like to be making more money so I could have my little apartment in Paris, or travel more often or further afield, but all in all I appreciate that every decision I have made up to this point has gotten me here.

That said…today I’m cheating a little and using a prompt. #sorrynotsorry

The prompt is: Looking back, what three things do you wish you had tried? 

Okay, #1 is easy:

I wish I had tried harder to make something of my track career.


For those of you who don’t know me, I was a three-time All-American in track and field. I am in my high school and college halls of fame . (I was inducted in 1999 as Jessica Johnson Woods.)

I still have the school record at San Francisco State in the 100-meter hurdles.

And I am #3 on the 100 meters all-time list.

And #4 on the 200 meters all-time list.

And #6 on the 400 meters all-time list.

And #3 on the 400-meter hurdles all-time list.

I got second at Nationals and qualified provisionally for the Olympic Trials.

It’s a long story that I’m sure I have told before, but I ended up quitting after my college career was over.

I wish I had tried harder.


I wish I had tried downhill skiing.


I never wanted to, but now that I am older I kinda wish I had tried it when I was younger and stronger.

I will never say never, but it is highly unlikely that I will ever try this sport.


I wish I had tried to be a foreign exchange student.


I had a friend who went to Germany as an exchange student in high school. In fact, I became friends with the German girl who she exchanged with.

I was interested but didn’t seriously look into it because I was a track athlete (see #1) and didn’t think I would be able to miss a year of competition.

Now I think it would have been such an incredible experience and I would have been able to compete in my the host country.

How cool would that have been?


What do you wish you had tried? 




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