Bring On The New!
In my last Feeling Grateful post I alluded to the fact that I was planning to start a new year-long adventure for 2011. It all began a few weeks ago when Christine and I were discussing how some family members of mine are really adventurous with their everyday life. She mentioned that she was thinking about trying something new each week in 2011 and I was instantly smitten and told her I wanted to join her in that challenge and that we should also invite others to join in, too.
With that, I invite you to join us in New52, a weekly photography and blogging challenge (and scrapbooking, if you so choose) that invites you to live life a little bit “outside the box” in the coming year.
I will freely admit that the last part – the “change is good” part – couldn’t be further from the truth for me, typically. I am very adverse to change, some might even say I’m severely allergic to it. I like routine and predictability. But for 2011 I’d like to come from a place of “yes” a bit more and not immediately shy away from an idea because it’s outside my comfort zone.
New52 isn’t about making a life-altering change every week, it’s about keeping an open mind. It’s about ordering something different at your favorite restaurant for a change, taking a chance on a new author, picking up a new skill or hobby, or tackling something you’ve been too afraid to do in the past. For instance, I’ve never attended a show at our State Theater downtown, although I’ve always wanted to. Something about it seems so “grown up” to me, and this year I need to stop making excuses and take the plunge. Also? I’ve never learned to drive a stick – how will I ever audition for The Amazing Race without crossing this off my list?
It could be something as simple as a new recipe all the way to something as earth-shattering as a career change. Sometimes the “new” will present itself to you unwittingly, other times you’ll be seeking it out. By inviting others to participate, my hope is that we can all become inspired by one another’s adventures – perhaps gain the courage to try someone else’s new thing ourselves. There’s some anecdotal evidence that trying new things can keep you feeling young and vibrant (Christine links to a few articles in her blog post)– and lately I have to admit I’ve been feeling a bit old and dull.
How about you?