I’ve let fear hold me back from doing a lot of things in the past. A lot of cool experiences past me by and I would wonder if it might have been worth it if I had just jumped at the opportunity! Which is why I told myself I was going to embrace spontaneity and try new things this year. Within reason, of course.
- Earlier this year I went to Toronto on a whim when my cousin texted me at 11a.m. and asked if I’d be down to party in TO. Hotel was booked, plans were made, kid was already at Grandma’s for the weekend, so I went. And we had a blast!
- I also applied to a part-time certificate program as soon as I heard about it. I had no idea if I would get in (I did not) but I went after it with gusto! Threw down all my aces and did everything in my power to make it happen. When I found out I hadn’t been selected I was a little upset, but at least I knew I did my best. And there’s always next time.
- When my art history teacher said she was taking her other class to the Art Gallery of Ontario and had room on her bus I was the first student to throw their hand up.
These are just three examples of how I’ve been embracing spontaneity and trying new things.
Of course, I can’t say yes to all the different things I want to do. I obviously couldn’t fly off to LA when my other cousin asked me. I couldn’t attend this cool zine making workshop on Saturday because I had plans already. I couldn’t go to a couple local concerts this year because they both took place on damn Thursdays and I have an early class on Fridays.
Not everything is possible.
But when things are possible, when there’s nothing really getting in the way except for my own self, I know I need to do it.
I like to consider myself a creative person, and like most creative people I’m constantly looking for inspiration! Because, believe it or not, inspiration doesn’t always just hit you out of the blue; you have to go looking for it. One great way to find inspiration for any project is trying something new! Taking that field trip to the AGO was beyond inspiring, it was truly magical! But so are simple walks through the park, going swimming with my daughter, nieces and nephew, volunteering at local events and trying out new restaurants. Trying new things doesn’t always have to be something big to be inspiring.
Meet New People
If, like me, you’re having trouble meeting new people, one great way to do that is by embracing spontaneity and trying new things! For example, I went to a couple of workshops this year and I met some pretty cool people. And because I met them at workshops I was interested in, we automatically had something in common. You can meet new people anywhere, as long as you put yourself out there, and embracing spontaneity and trying new things is a great way to do that!
Most of my regrets in life are things I haven’t done rather than the things I have done. Instead of wondering “what if” you’ll know for sure if you just go ahead and do it!
Grow As a Person
Being spontaneous can be life changing! You never know where life is going to take you if you accept the various journeys it presents. I know I’ve grown a lot as a person through the new experiences I’ve had. I mean, face it, doing the same thing day after day isn’t always the best way to grow as a person.
You Only Live Once
Finally, you only live once. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to do, then do it! If you catch yourself questioning whether or not to jump on board, then just jump! See where it takes you, because you only live once.
Are you someone who embraces spontaneity and enjoys trying new things? Or do you prefer making plans and sticking to routine?
P.S. I recently signed myself up to something kind of crazy scary! But more on that later as it unfolds.