I recently subscribed to Hulu+ solely because I wanted to watch the entire series of a TV show called “My Name is Earl”. I finished all the episodes and have moved on to Greek, but I was really inspired by Earl. If you’ve never seen the show, here’s a quick summary, from Earl himself:
"You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting round the corner: karma. That’s when I realized that I had to change, so I made a list of everything bad I’ve ever done and one by one I’m gonna make up for all my mistakes. I’m just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.”
You gotta give it to the guy. For four straight seasons he did nothing but try to make up for all the wrongdoings he had committed in his life. But it wasn’t always so easy. He ended up in a coma, in jail, on a stretcher in front of a tractor trailer, and in various other precarious situations. It was worth it, though. Every time he did something good and crossed a mistake off his list, his life would take a turn for the better. That’s karma.
It’s kind of silly that a comedic tv show with a ridiculous redneck cast could be so inspiring, but it has motivated me to create my own list.
Unlike Earl, I do have a full-time job and commitments to things other than just “the list”, so I won’t be crossing a list item off every day, and maybe not even every week. Every list item that I do cross off will help put my mind at ease, but more importantly, repay my debts to karma by making up for something stupid/wrong/[insert other negative adjective here] I have done.
Some things will be easy to mark off, like #7 — “Never paid Sue (mother of my good buddy Chris) back for $60 I borrowed for court fees” (that’s a good story, too). But others, like #32, “Stuck gum under most public seats I sat in” will be more challenging to make up for. Regardless, I’m going to try my best to do it all.