Every year for my birthday, I write a list. It is a to do list of sorts– a giant idea board of things that I want to do before my next birthday. Sometimes, the items on that list are terribly practical (take CPR again, up my retirement savings, learn how to change a bike tire), but a lot of times the list is about encouraging me to try new things. Through the list’s inspiration, I have learned how to surf, stand up paddle, done Pilates, started to run, gone vegetarian for a period of time, taken painting classes, etc. The list, I like to think, keeps me living out loud and from stagnating. It keeps me growing and experiencing. It insures that turning a year old brings with it great possibilities, and that’s pretty awesome.
But we don’t have to reserve that type of spirit just for birthdays. In fact, one of the best ways we can move past our body hang-ups is to realize that our body and mind are just aching to try new things in the forms that they exist in RIGHT NOW. We free our body and our mind when we don’t have to wait to lose ten pounds or grow out our hair or get married or get our degree to do good things. And when we realize how much is possible in the body we have right now, well, the whole world shimmers with possibilities, doesn’t it?
Today, I want you to make a list of ten not so enormous (because if they are enormous, you’ll just create road blocks for yourself) things you want to try. Maybe you’ve been waiting to try a new type of cuisine (may I recommend Ethiopian or Puerto Rican?) or to try your hand at badminton or eyeing the pool at your local YMCA or thinking about going to a movie by yourself. After completing your list, I want you to go ahead and do one thing off your list today.
1. What are a few of the things that made it on to your “I want to try this” list?
2. What did you try today? How did it go?
3. What did you learn from this experience?
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