The Difference That Makes A Difference
I always feel like the change of seasons is a good time to try something new. Something a little different. That said, living on the Atlantic Coast, sometimes the seasons change three times in one day which means I’m juggling a lot of new things daily!
Don’t get me wrong. I get in my ruts. I’ve had deep, dark ruts where it was scary and overwhelming to think about trying something new, and I often felt I didn’t have the time, or the energy.
During those ruts, I also didn’t feel creative. I mostly felt… blah.
But when I was able to push past those feelings and try something different, my creative side started to re-emerge.
For me, that led me back to doodling, and the more I doodled the more I wanted to try other new, more challenging things. Things like taking a pottery class, designing my own books, and moving my family back to Nova Scotia.
The more new things I tried, the more creatively inspired I felt. It’s a beautifully invigorating circle.
I stopped feeling blah. I stopped acting blah.
Let me be clear; trying new things can be scary. I totally get it. But if you don’t try and push the boundaries of your comfort zone, you’re going to starve your soul and your creative spirit. And yes, you do have a creative spirit.
Easy does it
Trying something different doesn’t have to be as extreme as rushing out, quitting your job, shaving your head, and joining an ashram (but if you do want to do that, go for it!). It can be simple.
You just need to start somewhere with something different. So maybe that’s a going for a walk after dinner and taking a new route every night, or scheduling 30 minutes a day to read a book, or maybe going to see a local play.
The options are limited only by your imagination and that little voice in your head with the negative self-talk. Kick that negative blabber mouth to the curb!
Do what interests you, and if you don’t know what that is, experiment until you find it. Start small and let your curiosity choose the next move.
Just always be sure you’re doing something that makes you a leeeeeeeetle bit uncomfortable.
Newsflash: You might fail.
We all have and we all will. Very few people master something the first time.
Fear of failure, or ‘looking stupid’ is often what keeps people from trying something new. But everyone is new to something at some point. Everyone has felt awkward or unsure in a new situation. You’re not the first. You won’t be the last. And you’re never alone.
Don’t let pride or negative self-talk be the thing that holds you back from trying something new and living your life fully.
It’s easy to feel safe. But too much time in your comfort zone can leave you feeling stagnant. Life is too short, too precious, and has too much to offer for that.
Why not start right now!
When you think about trying something new, what’s the first thing that pops into your head?
It’s probably something you’ve wanted to do for a long time.
So what might you do to be able to try this new thing? Start putting a plan into place if it’s more complicated like you might need to register for a class, or arrange childcare.
In the meantime, think again about something you could do differently TODAY. Something that’s easy to make happen but still gives you a little thrill.
I’ll be here rooting for you!!! And I’d love to know what new things you tried, or how you did something a little differently. I’d especially love to know how that made you feel.
Cheering on the sidelines,