Sure, I’m very happy with the way my life is going right now, but there’s a lot of what I do that’s the same every day. A lot of it is the same stuff I was doing last year. Or two years ago. Or five.
Do you see a pattern?
At the end of last year, I went on vacation. I had a great time stepping outside my rut, but as soon as we landed in California I went right back to my old habits: same activities, same places, same faces. When was the last time I did something new in my everyday life?
But of course, new is scary. New is intimidating. Right? Come on, I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
But then I remembered a guy that I saw on vacation. He had come down to the bay to learn how to do stand-up paddleboarding. Now, stand-up paddleboarding isn’t easy, but this guy just didn’t get it at all. In the 30 minutes of his rental, he probably fell off the board 75 times.
I have to admit that I’m the kind of person who would have fallen the first time and been mortified. Was someone watching? What would people think? But this guy was different. Each and every time he fell, he laughed like crazy. He knew that he looked ridiculous. He knew that he just wasn’t getting it. But it didn’t matter. He was having a great time trying, and he didn’t care who saw him fall.
It was a perfect reminder at a perfect time: sure, there will be things you’re not good at – probably many things! – but you’ll never know unless you try.
This led me to a few basic truths about life:
- We can’t all be the best at everything. Sometimes we’ll struggle to even achieve mediocrity. And that’s ok, because nobody expects you to become a professional at everything… except maybe you.
- No one will criticize you for trying. In fact, people will probably be jealous and wish that they’d tried something new, too.
- Even if you fail spectacularly, you’ll have a great funny story to tell.
Are you trying anything new and scary this year? Please share in the comments.