“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
There’s a first time for everything—if you allow yourself to have a first time. The first time you ride a bike with no training wheels, the first day of school, the first hardship you overcome, your first kiss, your first job, the first time you outdid yourself at work…We can’t escape firsts, but firsts lead to memorable experiences, you know, the stuff that life is made of.
DON’T BE SCARED! Experiences can fall into good and bad, but it’s the learning that counts. It’s the trial, the lesson learned, or the memory made. DO NOT be afraid to simply experience life as it comes. Go out of your way to purposely find and share in something new; like Eleanor says, reach for it eagerly. Sometimes a new experience can take guts, but the more often you push it, the easier it may become.
DON’T BE SHY! A woman once told me a wise comment that has stuck with me for years: “Life is too short to spend it being shy.” How absolutely true is this? The world is full of opportunity but our shyness can get the best of us and keep us home more, or in the safe zone. (Believe me, I’ve been there, done that, and it gets old.) To be held back due to shyness would be an awful thing. We have to remember that everyone has first timer experiences and that we all begin somewhere and have to learn.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING JUDGED! Odds are people will reserve judgment on the newbie because they are the newbie. We have all been there. And if they’re the type of person who judges another, then they aren’t to be bothered with anyway.
DO BE ENTHUSIASTIC! Whatever it is, go into it with an open mind, eager and hungry for knowledge. If at the end it just isn’t your thing, you can say “I gave it a shot,” and move on to your next adventure. Your enthusiasm will rub off on others too and I believe any experience becomes more enjoyable for it.
DO ASK QUESTIONS! Ask questions, lots of them! If this is new for you, if you are curious (which I hope you are, but even if you aren’t), and if you want to do well, then ask as much as possible. People usually LOVE to recount their own experiences, which can be a big help for you to try to get it right the first time, whether it’s a task on the job or a new hobby like snowboarding.
DO REAP THE REWARDS! Build up your experiences and enjoy them. Remember them fondly and use them as momentum for “newer and richer experience(s),” as Eleanor Roosevelt nicely phrases it. This is your life and it is yours to shape. You will grow and your knowledge will expand—and you will be better for it!
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