When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Way back in June when I left work a few weeks earlier than planned and fled to North Carolina for a week, I had a discussion with my mom and her friend that got me thinking. Basically, my mom’s friend had asked her own mother, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Unfortunately, her mom couldn’t think of a single new thing she had tried in years. YEARS. I know she’s old, but there are so many things in this world to do!

Since then, I’ve thought a lot about this question. This summer alone, I’ve done the following new things:

  • Tried guacamole, ice wine, and gelato (and loved them all!)
  • Ate at countless new restaurants (so many awesome restaurants!)
  • Traveled to places I’d never been, including: Toronto, L.A., & Vegas
  • Moved out of Ohio into Oregon
  • Became self-employed
  • Went to a nude beach (that was awkward)
  • Rode a subway
  • Hiked
  • Started running
  • And more…

And damn, that makes me feel so lucky.

tumblr_m1oemyLKSL1qca1fro1_500I’ve come to the realization that trying new things is a luxury that many people around the world don’t have. As Americans (and Canadians!), we have this awesome opportunity to do and try new things all the time. Why? Because the majority of us aren’t in survival mode! We may not be loaded but we have enough to experience new things and explore some of the wonderful places to see in this world. But how many people aren’t taking advantage of that?

Routine can keep your life calm and stable. It can also kill you with complacency. There are too many things to see and do to just sit around doing the same things in the same places ALL THE TIME. We all have a bit (or a lot!)of wanderlust inside us. Are you taking advantage of it?

I’m not saying everyone should quit their job and move across the country in a Ford Focus. But please, freaking do something new. Something, ANYTHING! Life is too short to do the same thing every day. Try a new food, travel to a new place, play tourist in your hometown, take a different route to work, create a new game to play with your kids, go to a new coffee shop, talk to new people, read a new book, and/or try a new hairstyle. While none of us really knows why we are here, I’d like to think that life is a gift for us to enjoy while also enriching the lives of others.

In case I don’t express it enough, I feel so freaking fortunate to lead the life I do. I have a wonderful life with so many possibilities. To take advantage of them, I’m going to make sure I always have a recent answer for “when was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Dream big. Try, even though you might fail. And don’t allow complacency to keep you from experiencing all life has to offer.

So what about you: when is the last time you did something for the first time?

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Comments

  1. I’m getting ready to take a 15 month old on an international trip for the first time (leave tomorrow booyah!). I’m not sure what I will try after that. Pretty much it has been 15 months of doing something new since the little guy does or makes me do something I never thought I would do.

    You point is spot on, you can’t be a afraid to fail. In general we learn the most from failure.

  2. This weekend I was shoulder deep in a swamp, that was a first! And a ton of fun! And we only had to drive about 40 minutes to get there =)

  3. Soon I will be full-time self-employed. I’m also quitting my first professional job for the first time šŸ™‚

  4. “Routine can keep your life calm and stable. It can also kill you with complacency.”

    YES. I am a huge fan of routine, but I find that when I let my routines go and embrace spontaneity, the best memories are formed.

    As far as the last time I did something for the first time… This past year, I joined a fantasy football league with all my friends AND I won (my guy friends weren’t to happy)

  5. Life is all about experiences and trying new, sometimes uncomfortable things. It’s how we grow.

    Just this past weekend I went to my first official PowWow. I was afraid that I would stick out like a sore thumb, but it was inspiring and special. I will never forget the experience.

  6. “Iā€™d like to think that life is a gift for us to enjoy while also enriching the lives of others.” I’d like to think that, too! I don’t want the next ten years to pass by in a blur, and suddenly wake up with too many regrets. Unfortunately, I haven’t had too many big firsts lately, and that needs to change. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. This post makes me think. I have been stuck in my routine and haven’t thought about trying new things. One thing though coming up is a 5k color run. That should be fun, I hope. I’m going to make a mental note of this post and take advantage of the life that’s given to me. Thank you~

  8. In May I took my first dance class as an adult (I don’t count ballet when I was 5 b/c I don’t remember it) and in June I did the World Naked Bike Ride. SO MUCH FUN! I love trying new things. Before I met my partner I never really tried guacamole, sushi, sake, beer, thai and indian food. Unfortunately, my taste buds were that of my 5 yo self, but now I’ve gotten out of that shell and love trying different things! It really helps to have someone there. I want to do a century ride and skydive at some point.

    • So I just looked up the Naked Bike Ride. That’s ballsy (haha, balls).

      I must ask — how far did you strip down? I would have been way too chicken for that!

  9. Went to Hawaii recently at the urging of my wife. I thought it was too far from Philly. Anyway, the most magical place on earth. I tell everyone that it is basically heaven on earth.
    So you are so right in that we need new experiences to keep our life fresh and amazing. However, be grateful makes everything a little better.

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