Swimming with dolphins by *amelia*
“Try this, you might like it.” These famous words start new passions and new adventures. Over the years our taste in food, clothing, music, movies and books tend to change. As we explore and are exposed to new experiences, our appreciation for the different and unusual (new to us at least) increases.
It’s true – variety is the spice of life. Going new places, meeting new people, eating new foods, it all adds interest to life. You’ll never know what you’re missing, until you try it. Even if you try something and hate it – at least you can be sure it’s because of your judgment and not the opinion of someone else.
Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to branch out and explore. Sure, we think, we’re perfectly comfortable with the same old thing we’ve always done. Then one day a friend fixes you guacamole dip, which you absolutely hated as a kid, but now is a flavorful fiesta in your mouth.
Maybe you went fishing at age 10, and you were too young and energetic to appreciate the quiet and peace of a sunny day on the water. Now you find the escape from work and your everyday chores to be a joy and a sanity-saving device you can’t live without.
Don’t overdo it however. We may be tempted to convince ourselves that just because all our friends love coffee, we should love it too. Stay strong, and be true to yourself. It’s okay to admit that you enjoy a good caffeinated Coke or Pepsi instead. Or maybe you’re more of a tea drinker. Whatever your preference, embrace it and enjoy.
Having an open mind to learning new skills, visiting new sites, or experiencing new hobbies is what leads to a happy and fulfilling life. When you are willing to experiment with unfamiliar activities and entertain new thoughts and ideas, the entire world opens up to you. There is limitless joy, knowledge and excitement waiting for you. Get out there and find it.