New Experiences

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Anonymous

I’ve loved this quote ever since I saw it being used as an integral theme in a Disney movie that I love. Basically it is saying don’t be afraid, otherwise you’ll never get to experience anything in life.

There may be some that would say that living in fear of “whatever” is an unfulfilling life. Then there are others that would refute that statement. Whatever side of the coin you’re on, let’s just say, speaking from years of experience, being afraid has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I have fears, some good and some, well …let’s just say they’re kind of ridiculous. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say that having some fear can be healthy and rewarding.

My husband says that I am a creature of habit and that I am afraid of trying new things. He’s right to some extent. I am comfortable doing things that I already know and love. Experience new things is a challenge for me, but sometimes, after I do try them, I find that I actually enjoy the experience. I findthat I am this way with food, books I read, movies I watch, and places I visit.

I like being comfortable. I like to eat the things that I know and love. I love the same types of books and movies. I love to visit the same places. I love all these things because they make me feel good and happy. But, how do I know if there isn’t something else out there in those arenas (books, movies, food and places to visit) that would do the same thing? I don’t…not unless I try something different.

This year, I vow to try a few new things. What will you try this year that is new and different?