I am one of those people who’d prefer to go to the same restaurant every time and order the same dish always. While KG would never order the same dish twice, I would never tire of eating the same thing again and again! And this amused (not much) and annoyed KG, a lot. I remember, during the early days years of our marriage, selecting a restaurant for a dine out would invariably result in some arguments discussions. Of course, we got wiser with years. Thank God!
The fact is that I take time to try anything new. Be it exploring new friendships, or a new style of haircut or a dress or committing to develop a habit. I love the regular… the routines in my life. Is it because trying something new or different means exploring something unfamiliar? And does this unfamiliar translates into fear? May be, yes!
But I have seen that whenever I have tried to come out of my comfort zone, the results are often happy and satisfying. Trying new things helps to learn and grow too. New is also synonymous with challenging self and one’s limits. I remember, the scepticism with which I tried adventure sports like rappelling or white water rafting or valley crossing. But when I did that, words simply cannot describe the feeling of exhilaration. Of course trying something new may not always bring the desired or expected results. But even if the attempt doesn’t work out very well, it can still lead to growth and positive results.
So, while I am the one who would not say an impromptu ‘Let’s do it!” for a new thing, (Yes, I do need a gentle nudge or a knock on my head from family and friends), but I can say that trying new things is good. It opens you up to a lot of new experiences which are interesting, exciting, and rejuvenating and of course give you a renewed sense of optimism too.
So what NEW things have you tried lately?
October 3, 2014 9:02 pm|
I take a little time too.. to try new things..
but I enjoy the challenge it brings.. 🙂
I want to get a new haircut and was discussing the same with a dear friend and she suggested a change – so, I guess that will be my latest new thing ?
October 4, 2014 10:49 am|
Oh yes, the feeling of happiness and triumph when trying a new thing is awesome. Go for the new haircut and do show us the new you, Pixie 🙂
October 3, 2014 9:07 pm|
I am also like that, but the inconsistency in getting what I am used to, forces me to find new things. And the new experiences are sometimes good 🙂
October 4, 2014 10:53 am|
Charting an unfamiliar territory can be exciting! And yes, sometimes when we let go of our fears and inhibitions, the results can take us by a surprise.
October 3, 2014 9:23 pm|
trying new things is the spice of life!!
October 4, 2014 10:53 am|
True! It’s add that zing! 🙂
October 3, 2014 9:30 pm|
The last thing I did for the first time was last year, when we bought our house. Now, there are somethings that I’ve done lately that I haven’t done in ages. Interesting post, Shilpa. This question will be on my mind for a while today. :O)
October 4, 2014 10:55 am|
Actually, we use this question in our training workshops. And we usually suggest that each one of us must ask ourselves this question at least once in a fortnight!! 🙂
October 3, 2014 10:25 pm|
It sounds we alike in that sense. It takes a push for me to try new things too. I don’t tend to like change much. ♥
October 4, 2014 10:56 am|
Aah! You too, Kathy! ♥ While our comfort zones keep us safe and happy, we must try and explore new things more often. What say you? 🙂
October 3, 2014 10:41 pm|
Good to hear that you are ready to try new things, Shilpa 🙂
October 4, 2014 10:57 am|
Aah! I have been trying new things for a long long time now, but it’s just that it doesnt comes easily to me 😀
October 4, 2014 12:23 am|
I usually like to explore new places, new cuisine etc and husband likes the regular. I think I get excited about anything new. It is so difficult to make husband come to a new restaurant. 🙂
October 4, 2014 10:58 am|
Aah! You are in the same boat as ours 😀
October 4, 2014 12:43 am|
You sounded so like me. I too hesitate to try new things but yah they do prove a n enriching experience! Lovely write up!
AAnd did I say I salute you for doing so many challenges at ago! Simply marvellous! Hats off!
October 4, 2014 11:02 am|
I guess, it is our fear of the unknown that stops us from exploring new things. But we must try new things more often!
Oh, they are all every day blogging challenges, and if I do one, I am actually doing all 😀
October 4, 2014 8:00 am|
I always took time to try/accept something new before, but now due to changed perspectives (may be because of age) I’ve also changed my life style….:)
October 4, 2014 11:03 am|
I know what you mean, Sheela. With age a lot of Yes have become Nos and a lot of Nos have become Yesss 🙂
October 4, 2014 10:05 am|
In the case of food and beverages, I like to try new stuff whenever possible. Of course, I do go in for the tried and tested stuff as well.
In all other matters, I normally prefer to go in for the tried and tested stuff. For example, when I drive, I prefer to take known routes. I try new routes only if I have no choice or if they’ve been recommended by somebody in whose judgement I have confidence.
October 4, 2014 11:05 am|
Hmmm… so that means you are also in the ‘safe and be sure’ kind of category like me 🙂
October 4, 2014 11:08 am|
When I was young, I loved to experiment. New restaurants, new style of dresses, different types of food. I believe with age comes the change. I have no desire for new things. Even the thought of going out of the house gives me goose bumps.But my children, will not allow me to be…. They forcibly take me out.
November 22, 2014 9:16 pm|
I know, with age, we get settled in our comfort zones. Your kids are wonderful and loving! Touch wood 🙂
October 4, 2014 4:24 pm|
You could be a typical American. If it works do not repair.
November 22, 2014 9:17 pm|
Aha! That’s interesting 🙂
October 4, 2014 4:56 pm|
That’s true, Shilpa. When we try something new, we are ultimately rewarded! Cool, this!
November 22, 2014 9:18 pm|
Yes and yet we are so skeptical of trying something new and different!
October 4, 2014 6:03 pm|
Ditto ditto situation at home. The husband is more adventurous and loves to try challenging and venturing into unexplored territories,while i am more happy and contented in my tried and tested comfort zone.
My new learning is organic balcony gardening with the help of my 21000 OTG friends:)
November 22, 2014 9:19 pm|
Are we soul sisters! We have so many similar thoughts and experiences, Asha! Must meet you soon 🙂
I love your organic balcony gardening! You are doing awesome! Admire you for that!
October 4, 2014 10:31 pm|
New is exciting and I love that! But my husband is completely the opposite, much like you…but he requires not a gentle nudge but a forceful push to get him out of his comfort zone! 😉
November 22, 2014 9:20 pm|
Wow! You too! It surely proves that opposites do attract! 😀
October 5, 2014 5:00 am|
I love trying new things Shilpa especially at a restaurant..i get bored without that ha ha
November 22, 2014 9:21 pm|
Good that you are so experimentive! It’s a great attitude, Jayashree!
October 5, 2014 11:34 am|
Yes, it can be a bit daunting to try something new. As for answering your question, I recently asked someone a direct question on something, this was a kind of thing which I haven’t done before so I wasn’t sure how to bring up the topic. But after some careful thought I decided I must do this. And I did. Not sure how it went with the person to whom I asked the question, but that’s not important, what’s important for me is that I found the courage to ask which I thought I must.
November 22, 2014 9:23 pm|
Aha! There, you did it!! Great going, Beloo! 🙂
October 5, 2014 6:15 pm|
Good reminder that trying new things is good for growth and can be exciting, too. I tend to follow my routines and need to be shaken up and pushed out of my comfort zone from time to time. As we get older, we tend to cling to our routines more and more and are less adventurous than we were as young people. Good to try new things and be open to them. Thanks for the reminder, Shilpa.
November 22, 2014 9:24 pm|
I am just like you, Cathy! Like you said, it is good to be open to change and new things in life 🙂
October 6, 2014 3:57 pm|
I know what you mean. Guess I’m somewhere in the middle. Sometimes I like routine and sometimes change. In fact as I’m getting older I find myself more open to change. Funny, I think.
November 22, 2014 9:25 pm|
Wow! That’s a fab attitude. Usually, with old age, people tend to be more rigid! Way to go, girl 🙂
October 8, 2014 4:12 pm|
I can be quite impromptu that way…hardly do I need a nudge to try or do something…and most of the times my gang looks up to me to be the first one to do anything!!! my hubby is quite the opposite though!
November 22, 2014 9:26 pm|
Aha! We have another couple with opposite attitudes and tastes! Amazing 🙂