you did something for the first time? I would listen to this Drake lyric all the time and never thought too much about it. But for some reason when I heard it last week it stopped me in my tracks. Maybe because of the New Year, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s such a great starting point for creating goals to better your life. Or maybe because I just signed up for a yoga/meditation retreat which I was extremely nervous about (which was not yoga at all but I will get into that later). But whatever it was, I stopped and pondered that question for the rest of the night.
It took me back to when I read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (which is by far the best book EVERJ). I felt completely different about life after reading that book. Everything in life felt new, I was open to experience everything I could. I went skydiving, jumped off the Stratosphere in Vegas. I literally wanted to try everything I was ever afraid of. But as real life started kicking back in I slipped back into my same old routine. Then this weekend I found myself at what I thought was a Yoga retreat, it definitely was not. I honestly can’t even explain what it really was, I just know I pretty much meditated and sat in silence all weekend. I mean ALL weekend, like 9 hours a day. You have no idea how many times I wanted to run out the door. When I left Friday night I was like man I am not going back. But I did, I got up and realized that even though this was not what I expected I still might find value in it so I should give it a try. By the end of the weekend I did find value in it, I found that sense of wonder again. When I left all I wanted to do was make a list of new things I wanted to try.
There is something so much more about that question then what meets the eye. It’s about stepping out of our comfort zones. It’s about being brave enough to walk into the unfamiliar of life. It could be as small as eating something different, or trying a new restaurant. Or maybe it’s as big as skydiving. It’s about being scared and making the decision to try something new anyway, even if it doesn’t work out.
There is never failure in gaining a new experience in life.
So let’s stop being so quick to judge things before we actually try them. Let’s stop and ask ourselves; when is the last time I did something for the first time?