May 21, 2011
Each evergreen spray
sports a tender light green tip.
Where are my green tips?
We all need green tips. If we are alive, we need areas of new growth. It may be scary to try something new. But that is part of the journey. What would happen to a baby if he/she never tried anything new?
Eight Reasons to Try Something New:
1. Get out of a rut. I once took a summer and decided that each day I would do something new. One day it might be to taste a new food, another day try a new exercise. One day I might go somewhere I had never been, another day I might read a new author, or prepare a new dish. It was quite an education. Some of those experiments are now a permanent part of my life. This year writing this blog is one of my something news.
2. Develop your brain. The brain loves new challenges, thrives on dealing with the unexpected, making new connections and waking up new areas of the brain. If you want to stay young, skip the plastic surgery; here is your Fountain of Youth: attempt something new.
3. Keep yourself humble. Nothing new comes very easy for me. I have had to work at pretty much anything I have done. And the things I have become the best at are the things I have worked the hardest at. So new things are often a struggle and a little struggle fosters humility and a little humility keeps a person close to the earth.
4. Meet new people. Whenever I have tried something new, whether professionally or leisurely, I have discovered a whole new world – people and places tied to that new interest – of which I was completely unaware.
5. Life is short. I have run into way too many people who have said to me, “I always wanted to…” or “I wish I had done that” as if their life was over and they were speaking from the grave. Life is short enough without making it shorter by feigning death.
6. Learn something new about yourself. When you take on something new, it is like opening a new window to yourself. For example, when I made the decision to learn Danish, I ended up learning so much about language and particularly my native English (which I learned mostly unconsciously) which helped me when I eventually became an English teacher.
7. Make yourself more interesting. People who try new things become more interesting. Those people who are in the job market become more interesting to their potential employers. I had a friend who told me whenever he found himself competing for a position or promotion, he was always successful. My friend said he knew each time the reason why he won over other candidates: he had worked for a year in another country.
8. Because I said so. I heard this reason several times growing up, particularly when logic and reason entered the argument, which naturally and immediately made anything else said a moot point. I thought I would try it on for size. Not very persuasive.