When is the last time you tried something new?
I’m not talking about watching a new movie, or reading a new author, or taking a different path to work. All of those are great… but I’m talking about something else entirely. Something you’ve never attempted before. A task for which you are completely unfit, or something that falls outside the entirety of your personal knowledge base.
I’m thinking back.
I took a glass fusing class a few years ago. It was loads of fun. I made a really pretty dish that now stores loose change and spare keys. The experience was fascinating, and made me wish I could convert my gazebo into an art studio.
The kids and I took a pottery class. We each created two little dishes on the throwing wheel. I could spend hours doing that if I had the supplies and space at home!
I tried hip hop dancing once. Tried lyrical, too. That was a laugh. I solidified my realization that I’m both extremely uncoordinated and entirely willing to look like a dork in front of others.
A few nights ago, I learned how to play the Pokemon card game. Hooray for new, family-friendly pass-times!
Some of the “new” things I’ve tried in the past have stuck and have become a part of my soul. Making music, writing stories, working backstage for theater groups, hiking, camping, sketching, flying airplanes… the list goes on.
As adults, we tend to get stuck, though. We have our routine, and sometimes the thought of breaking out and committing to something new sounds exhausting. However, when in the middle of learning something exciting and interesting, it’s anything but tiresome. Learning and experiencing are the meat of life. They are our purpose.
Speaking in a general sense, as adults we forget that we are capable of painting our own existence. It’s something that children do every day. Yet as responsible grown-ups, we allow our current reality to dictate our future selves. We limit ourselves to what is, instead of what can be. The curiosity within us dies to the beat of our own monotony, and we forget to play.
I’m itching to attempt…. something. I just don’t know what yet. Or where to even start. I know how good it is for my soul to stretch into new ideas, concepts and skills. Usually when I feel like this, it’s because I see something somewhere that sparks the flame.
Right now, there’s kindling in my soul, but no fuel on the fire.
Throw me ideas, friends. What have you tried? What have you learned? What are your passions that you think everyone should attempt at least once in life?