On March 17th I wrote a Day entitled “Try New Things.” The premise of the day was to help make life more exciting and enjoyable one should try new things every day. Not too risky, perhaps just a new way home from work, a different restaurant or a new fruit or veggie you have never had. I recently tried English Cucumbers, not really all that exciting, but I had never had one before. The whole idea is to shake life up and have fun with it. As I stated in the day, “You need to shake things up and try new things. It doesn’t have to be anything too risky, just enough to keep you interested in life.”
I was at a “new to me” restaurant this weekend and I asked the counter person about something on the menu. She told me she didn’t know if it was good or not because she had never tried it. She said, “I don’t like to try new things.” Now this was a young woman and she is already creating a rut. I of course had to give her a one minute coaching session about the importance of trying new things and she in return gave me a blank stare. Oh well I planted a seed.
Please don’t be like the young counter woman who has decided not to try new things in life. Explore, experiment and have fun. The worst thing that can happen is you will find something you don’t like. The best thing is you will expand your comfort zone and discover new and interesting things.
I suggest making a list of new things to try and then working your list. A few things I have on my list:
Going to a yoga class
Trying one new veggie or fruit a week
Trying a new spice (this week it is star anise)
New dog treats (no I don’t eat them but my fur children like to try new things too)
New hair style (okay I know I take this one to the extreme but keep in mind hair grows back, so don’t be afraid to try a new style from time to time)
New color polish for my toes (light silver blue is the newest one I have tried. Not a keeper but glad I tried it)
Read a book by a new author (at least new to you)
Attending a class on something I don’t know anything about (my dear friend Alyson Stanfield and I are going to take a class on book making. I have no idea what this is about but sounds fun and interesting)
Any type of art class, a play or art show (something you wouldn’t normally attend)
Subscribe to new magazine that isn’t one you would normally read (my dear friend Janet gave me a subscription to Ode. I love it but it isn’t a magazine I would have thought about reading)
You get the idea. Do things that are not the norm for you, try something you wouldn’t normally do and just get out there and explore. This is a very big world with a lot to offer. Don’t limit yourself.
Live the Day,