Do something… new

| December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

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I have been reading The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss and the concept of ‘trying new things’ is blowing me over.  I love the cooking, and he has some great ideas about cooking in the book.  But the book is about more than cooking (even he says it at the beginning), the book is about trying and learning something new.

But what really struck me is that Tim seems to jump into all kinds of things he doesn’t know (almost) anything about and takes an open-minded-beginners look at it.  That is hard!

When I think of starting something new I think of things like:

  • What do I already know that will help me not be a beginner
  • How can I practice in private and not admit to anyone that I know nothing
  • Is it worth the risk of embarrassment to try this?  What if I fail?

It is really scary to be a beginner.  To place yourself in a 2-year olds role in language learning … just barely able to put a few words together.  Or to place yourself in a 6-year olds place just starting to play piano and ‘plunking’ away.

It seems that skills should be started at a young age if, as adults, anyone can be good at anything.  Lots of things we do now well we started when we were kids.  But to limit ourselves to these things would be wrong.  Did we really know what we would like and be good at when we were 6?  Did we have time to pursue all the options?  Did our parents have the money to help us explore everything?  No, No, No.

The excuse I hear for people not wanting to learn a new skill like a sport or an instrument is that they are already too old …. to old, that if they got good they couldn’t go to the Olympics or play professionally.  Why bother if it seems like the age is past prime?  Well… dumb reason because most people that learn and play well even at a young age don’t end up making a profession of it.  They end up doing it for enjoyment and/or teaching and those are still options for all ages.

Sure it is easier to learn a sport, an instrument, a foreign language, or other new skill as a kid.  Kids pick up on things easier.  But kids don’t have the benefit of maturity, focus, understanding, research, and often motivation.  These assets can easily be even better than a child’s mind.

I talk about it a lot but doing things that are new, learning and growing, is so hugely important to intentional and simple living.  With simple living we aren’t looking for a decluttered living room to lay on the couch all day.  … that isn’t the goal.  The goal of simple living is to simplify the clutter out of our lives and schedules so we can have the time to do what we love.  Some of those things that we love we haven’t had a chance to try or learn about at all before.

Would you give something new a try in the next few weeks?

I am working on some cooking challenges I haven’t tried before.  What have you wanted to try?

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Lorilee is a writer, God seeker, intentional wanderer, wife, and mom. You can find out more about her at Loving Simple Living. She would love to meet and connect on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. Have an awesome simple day :)

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