Try Something New
10th October 2019 by Emma Mathias
A change is as good as a rest.
Have you ever thought about how many times you repeat the same routines day in, day out? Whilst routine has its place, there’s nothing like trying something new to reignite your passion for the outdoors. Whether it be big or small, set yourself a new challenge to complete before the end of this year.
Benefits of Trying Something New
You may be questioning why you’d want to go out of your way to try something new when you’re perfectly satisfied in your current life. Well if that’s the case then fair enough! But if you’re open to the idea of putting yourself out there then read on to be convinced it’s the right move for you.
- Overcome Fear
Trying something new can be scary. There’s the apprehension of not knowing what to expect, or whether you’ll be good enough. Of being unsure if you’ve got the right kit or whether you’ll be warm enough. It takes courage to overcome the inevitable fear of failing and throw yourself into the unknown. But the confidence you build from putting yourself out there and giving it go, regardless of your ability, is empowering and worth it every time.
- Keeps Life Interesting
They say that variety is the spice of life! So many of us follow a set routine every day of our lives that we don’t even realise we’re stuck in rut. But just a small change can pull you right out of that rut and bring excitement back into your life. Routine is important to stop our lives becoming stressful and unmanageable, but maybe setting aside some time just once a week to mix it up can make a world of difference.
- Learn more about yourself
By challenging yourself to do new things, you learn more about your strengths and weaknesses as well as your likes and dislikes. It gives you the opportunity to develop skills where you may be lacking and identify the types of things you may want to try next.
- Creates the possibility to enjoy new things
You never know if you’ll enjoy something until you try it. And who knows, maybe you’ll discover your next big passion? Or maybe you’ll just have a bit of fun in the process and move on to something else. Either way, trying new things can broaden your horizons and gives you the chance to enjoy things you never knew you could.
Inspiration to Get You Started
There are so many different things that you could try to mix things up. It doesn’t matter how big or small what you choose is, all that matter is that you actually take the plunge!
Giving it a Go
I’ve lived by a lake for most of my life but never really taken advantages of the water sports on offer there. I decided that it was time to change that. So I enlisted my sister and mum (safety in numbers) and signed up for a two day windsurfing course designed to make you a competent enough windsurfer to hire equipment anywhere in the country and go out windsurfing alone.
It seemed like quite a big ask, but unless I commit properly to something, I will find a way out of it. Having family doing the course with me made me accountable and provided some moral support and signing up to the two day course made it official in a way that made me feel like I couldn’t run away.
On the morning of Day 1 I woke up nervous. I was excited but also had that feeling of dread deep in my stomach. What happens if I can’t stand up? If I constantly fall in? If the water is freezing? If I just get too tired to continue or am just plain terrible? These questions milled around in my head as I packed my trusty waterproof, my warmest insulated jacket and woolly hat and a towel into my bag. At least I knew I’d be warm when I got out of the water!
When we arrived, we suited up, met our instructor and started learning the basics on a practice board on land. Once we’d all had a go performing a turn we moved into the water. Surprisingly it was rather mild and I instantly felt more relaxed. We paddled out of the dock area and began our first attempts at windsurfing. There was lots of falling off and clambering back on. Balancing on the board whilst trying to turn it was a challenge that had to talk myself through numerous times with an equal amount of successful and unsuccessful attempts. But by the end of the day we were all windsurfing and managing to complete turns. It felt so exhilarating.
By the time I got home I was thoroughly exhausted and covered in bruises but proud that I had put myself out there. There’s no doubt that it was hard, and it would take many more days windsurfing to actually get vaguely good, but I’d had such a fun time and was looking forward to Day 2.