The First Time

When’s the last time you did something for the first time -- thelast time you experienced that feeling of exhilaration and excitement, or possibly fear, by doing something you’d never done before? For me, it was last Saturday. The experience: installing a wheel of weather stripping around my front door. (Can you stand it?)

Ok, I’ll admit it doesn’t sound all that exciting, but it actually was when I got right down to it. Why? For the simple reason that I stepped into unchartered territory and navigated my way to the other side. True, it didn’t take all that much, but ask yourself this: how much of anything in life do you really need to get excited? What does it take for you to enjoy the experience of your life?

An infinite number of hidden gems are awaiting our discovery at every turn, yet so few of us allow ourselves the gift of exploration. Instead, we choose to approach life with a “been there, done that” kind of attitude, an air of “I already know that” or “you can’t tell me anything I don’t know.” And in this age of hi-tech gadgetry, mixed with a bit of courage, we might even say, “my internal GPS is guiding me just fine, thank you very much!”

What simple pleasures might you experience if you dared to pull the plug on the “know it all” in you? Granted, you’d need to bench your ego, but wouldn’t it be worth it? What is it really protecting you from anyway? While you’re busy defending your front, there’s a whole lot of living you’re likely missing out on.

What is life calling you to experience next? (Hopefully it’s not a trip to Home Depot to pick-up a wheel of weather stripping!) Perhaps it’s taking a yoga class or getting a massage. Maybe it’s picking-up the phone and saying “I love you” to someone you’ve never said it to before. Or how about driving cross country or even flying to another one? Maybe it’s skydiving or hang gliding. Pardon the phrase, but the sky truly is the limit.

And just when you think you’ve got it all figured out (again), here's a stirring tune to remind you that none of us really do, despite our ego's fight to the contrary. If you've never heard this one before, add it to your list of "firsts." (And don't let it be the last time you do something for the first time.)