I have wanted to write this blogpost since 2012. Yup. It's been in the back of my mind since then. Every once in awhile I'd remember, "yeah, I want to write that blogpost about Starting Something New," and then, I'd get distracted by something and time passed.
About a week ago I went looking for my old journal in which I had written notes for this blogpost. It's been in various places since then: on my desk, in my bag I take to work, and on our kitchen bar. And now it's come to today; June 1, 2014. I'm finally sitting down to write no matter how good the finished product ends up.
In 2012 Jamie Lee Curtis, actress and author, published her eighth children's book with Laura Cornell: My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives*. In an interview with Tavis Smiley on his PBS show she described how we as adults are reluctant to try new things. In her words,
How often do we adults try new things? And yet, these children are so open and willing to try, and willing to look foolish and stumble and fall. And I think it's because as we've gotten older the media has made falling kind of like a joke. It's like the media now is at the ready to catch any public figure from falling literally, spiritually, physically, mentally. They're just lying in wait.
We could learn something from young children who try new things all the time. In order to grow and develop we have to be willing to be vulnerable, get out of our comfort zones, and maybe even appear foolish. We can do it alone and in private or even more bravely, out loud, front and center, broadcast for the world to see. One thing I do know is that if I choose to be on the sidelines I stagnate. And life just isn't much fun, standing and watching others play the game.
Don't wait two years to try something new.
Need an idea? Here's one: the Index Card a Day Challenge hosted by Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow. I've never participated but this year I'm going to do it. Will I decorate 61 index cards? Who knows? It will be fun to find out.
You can play along with me and many, many others. I will be posting my index cards on my Instagram page. Search using the hashtag, #icad.
What will you start? What will you try?