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When was the last time you did something for the first time?
The sign immediately got my attention and I jotted the question down in the notes section of my phone. I came across it earlier this week and found that the words really resonated with me- specifically, for where I am right here and now.
A couple of months ago I started doing yoga.
I dabbled in yoga for a bit in 2010, right after I graduated from college, but I was 30 pounds heavier, unhappy with my body and seriously lacking confidence. Let’s just say I wasn’t gutsy back then, by any stretch of the word.
So when my friend asked me to join her for a yoga class in July, I was really nervous. Flashbacks of me in a dark room trying to contort myself into uncomfortable positions and absolutely hating every minute of it came to mind.
But I said yes. Because that’s what I do now- say yes to opportunities that come my way, no matter how uncomfortable, because I know I’ll be a better person for it.
I reluctantly purchased a yoga mat for the class, pretty sure I’d never touch it again.
I went to class and I LOVED it. I loved setting an intention before beginning the practice and I loved challenging my mind and body in ways it hadn’t been challenged before.
Quickly, I realized the amazing physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga- mostly because I came into the experience with a positive attitude and a willingness to try something completely new.
I’ve been back to yoga several times since.
AND, in the spirit of constantly trying new things, last night I went to hot yoga for the first time. I was SUPER nervous because I really hate feeling overheated, but once again, I completely surprised myself and found that I loved the entire experience.
[But more on yoga later. Back to doing things for the first time.]
I discovered this new passion all because I tried something for the first time. I took one teensy-tiny step out of my comfort zone and look what happened! I found something new that I absolutely love and has made a major impact in my life.
Trying something new doesn’t have to be huge and life-changing (although it’s awesome when it is). There are plenty of small ways you can try something new. Perhaps you could try a new dish, wake up 30 minutes earlier to be more productive, make plans with a new friend…the list goes on and on.
If you’re stuck in routine and the monotony of the day-to-day, switch it up this week and try something new. I hope you’ll report back and let me know how it goes!
Tell me: when was the last time you did something for the first time?