Johnny Cash's To-Do List: Kissing, Worrying, and Visiting Mama
It's not that often that you see "worry" on someone's to-do list. Usually that's more a reflex than a task. But for one of America's most prolific musicians, Johnny Cash, that ranked number eight on his to-do list for the day. This was followed by "Go See Momma," which is pretty adorable coming from a bad boy with a history of alcohol and drug abuse. In his revered Folsom Prison Blues he references Mama as well: "When I was just a baby my mama told me son, always be a good boy, don't ever play with guns."
Most of the basics are covered on Cash's to-do list, lest he forget to cough, pee, eat. These are also tasks that can be tackled relatively quickly, which is good for morale: he'll likely finish all three in less than 30 minutes. He also notes "Kiss June" as his second item of the day. Next comes "Not kiss anyone else"—the singer was known to have a wandering eye—despite declaring June Carter the love of his life, proposing to her during a live performance in front of 7,000 people in London, Ontario.
Below is Cash's list transcribed—an insight into the mind of one of the most celebrated musicians of our time. What's on your to-do list?
THINGS TO DO TODAY!
1. Not smoke
2. Kiss June
3. Not kiss anyone else
7. Not eat too much
9. Go see Mama
10. Practice Piano
NOTES: Not write notes
This post is part of the series Infamous To-Do Lists. Share what's on your to-do list here and inspire others.
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