Do you remember the first time you ever tasted a new food, or walked through a new city? Do you remember starting something new, and for the first time, experienced something you had never felt before?
How did you feel when you crossed the finish line, started a new job or fell in love for the first time? That joy, excitement and anticipation can only be replicated by trying new things.
When faced with a new opportunity do you say yes or no more often? Have you ever said no because of:
- lack of confidence?
- what people might think?
Those are common concerns, but not reason enough not to try. If you could push through the fear, imagine what you could accomplish. If you could admit that you don’t know it all, but do it anyway, the possibilities are endless. And what other people think has no bearing on what is best for you.
For the sake of feeling comfortable you will turn to those excuses and others, but instead of feeding them, lean into possibility and opportunity and say yes.
Today’s mini-mission is to try something for the first time. You can pick your own first, but here are a few suggestions…
- Try a recipe with a fruit or vegetable that you have never tasted
- Build a kite
- Make a rich dessert and taste it blindfolded
- Host a wine tasting
- Get lost
- Go bowling
- Visit a new church
- Learn to play a djembe
- Try a new haircut
- Go to a poetry reading
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter
- Learn to knit
- Go to a yoga class
- Finger paint
- Go speed dating (if you’re single)
- Watch Capoeira or take a class
- Visit a different country
Firsts are an amazing opportunity to be a beginner, and be inspired to try other new things. Firsts keep us curious and childlike. Firsts remind us that we don’t know what we don’t know.
I was so moved by this first, that I had to share it with you…
What’s your next first going to be?
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