The semester is ending, workload is getting lighter, and our schedules are starting to open up. Aside from my daily job, I find myself wondering what I am going to do to fill up the days that I would have previously spent doing homework or projects. For the remainder of 2021, especially this summer, I decided that the best way to fill up my schedule is to try new things! 2020 robbed me, and so many of us, of time and opportunity; so with summer of 2021 I encourage you to join me and seize the new opportunities that come your way!
Our inner curiosity is dying for attention. This past year and the year before it were such stressful years, so much wonder and excitement in our daily activities were lost due to our heavy burdens (and man these burdens hit us all hard). This summer, take some time to explore new places and let your curiosity lead you. Trying something new for the first time, let go of coordination and get a little messy! Sometimes letting loose through seeking new terrains is the best thing you can do to enjoy yourself. Even if you are the type of person who is not into changes (like me), take it one step at a time when going outside of your comfort zone to try new things.
For one whole day after the semester ends, I am going to break my very strict routine. I am very superstitious, I wear the same jewelry every day, if I am in my bed I sleep on the same pillow on the same side, before bed I have to have have my teeth brushed with no sip or bite of anything once they are brushed, and when I wake up I write in my journal and say three prayers to start my day. While this is only a small portion of my daily routine, I recognize that this is very weird and it gets very monotonous, but I am convinced that everything will go wrong if I stray from this. SO, for one day (once I finish everything that is relying on my superstition) I am going to completely break it and be spontaneous from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. Take this how you want, but whatever you take from it, let a part of it be to try living life differently for just one day to see the small rush that you can actually feel from trying new things and giving your brain a break from its usual routine.
Now, I’m not saying that trying something new, or breaking your same old daily routine, or letting your curiosity drive you, will make you the next wonder of the world, but I can guarantee that it will be enough to open the next door for you to step into newness. New friends, new experiences, new memories… Making new memories should be enough to make you want to try anything that is thrown at you. You can only look back on a memory so many times before it gets old (but it is still cherished)! Not all good things may create a memory worth keeping, but you’ll never know until you try.
If there is something you’re considering doing, I advise you to just do it! You simply cannot live an interesting life if you don’t try new things. To experience more life will bring you further than you could ever imagine! You will begin to see the energy change as you sit with friends and passionately discuss the exploits of your new endeavors. Change your limiting beliefs by trying something new, because the benefit of changing your old solid comfortable norms will be amazing for you. Get off of the no road, and try something new to slow down time and light up life in order to experience the euphoria of trying new things.
By the time this summer ends, I hope that we have all tried enough new things to feel as though we aren’t mediocre and we feel capable enough to do anything we want! Break barriers, flirt with the idea of saying yes, aim high, and try all of the things that you want to chase that are outside of your comfort zone. Do the new!