Trying something new can be challenging, especially if it is unfamiliar. I am a change hater. I generally don’t like stepping out of my warm and cozy comfort zone, because I don’t know what to expect. Over the past several months I have been working on my irrational fear of new things, and it has lead to some amazing discoveries.
If we spend our lives only visiting the same places with the same people, how will we grow? How will we learn? If we never venture out of the space of familiarity, we could bypass some amazing things. Now, I’m not suggesting you go experiment with drugs or quit your job to hitch hike across the States, but try something unfamiliar (that will not harm yourself or others around you)!
If the thought of switching things up a bit completely freaks you out, it’s okay! You’re even luckier, because I’m here to help. I have compiled a list of new things that anyone and everyone can try.
1. Try a new trend: So easy and fun! This could be anything from wearing that floppy fedora you’ve seen vetting at Urban Outfitters, or testing out a funky nail polish color. Life is short and trends go fast so try em’ out!
2. Try a new workout: Step off the treadmill, maybe go nuts and even step out of the gym. There are so many different types of workouts out there, you’ll never know which ones you like until you try them. Test out a new pilates studio, do some cross-fit, or really mix it up and do some TRX or half marathon training.
3. Try a new recipe: Cooking or baking something new and delicious will make you so proud of yourself. You may be surprised what excites your taste buds. Who knows, you may be a culinary genius, but you’ll never know if you don’t try. If you’re feeling really brave, test out a new dietary lifestyle. Eating organic, cutting out sugars, going gluten free, or not consuming meat a few days a week are all great new things to try. Plus, new diets will lead to new recipes!
4. Visit a new city: Maybe it’s a place you’ve always wanted to go or maybe you close your eyes and point to a spot on the map. Either way, visiting a new place is a fun and exciting way to mix things up. You may even learn something new about yourself or road trip buddies along the way. If this is too bold, try visiting a new part of the city you already live in. This could simply be checking out a new bar or spending the day shopping at storefronts you’ve never been to.
5. Meet new people: This may be easier said than done, but give it a try. There have been countless times friends have invited me out with girls from work or to a party with school friends, but I’ve passed up the opportunity because I didn’t want to go out with a bunch of people I didn’t know. Sad, but true; and I know I am not the only one who has done this. So next time, go out with the friend and her girls from work or to the party with the friends from school, because you never know who you’ll meet; maybe your new BFF or even a future BF.
Hopefully your mind is just absolutely spinning with potential new ideas, and always remember one thing: don’t let others opinions become your opinions. Just because your sister hates hot yoga or your coworker thinks gluten free food is gross doesn’t mean you will feel the same way. So get out there, be open minded, and go try something new.