The right way to peel a banana
Hey there! This post was written in 2010, so it may contain information that is no longer accurate or thoughts that no longer reflect how I feel. As human beings, we're constantly learning and bettering ourselves through experiences and interactions with the world and each other.
I keep posts like this around for historical purposes and to prevent link rot, so please keep this in mind as you're reading.
When I was little, someone showed me how to peel a banana the traditional way: from the top down. Without ever challenging this concept, I've spent the last two decades struggling with stubborn bananas, hoping that each one I peeled would submit without strife. Some would give in easy, but others would bruise and become mushy at the tip, and I really, really hate mushy bananas.
A few months ago, I was enlightened by a friend who, upon witnessing my drama with a cantankerous banana, made my life easier by turning everything upside down. Literally. So there you have it. Turn the banana, pinch the tip, then peel it. It's so easy: Turn, pinch and peel.
This lesson is symbolic. It shows us that there are often simpler, more effective ways of achieving our goals, even if that means turning everything in our lives upside down to do so.