Butterflies in your Stomach. Nervous Twitch. Excitement rushing through your Veins. Sweating. Hyper~ventilating. Feeling invincible.
Do any of these describe you before you’re about to try something new? That moment when it’s Now or Never. Do or Die. When you push thru the old you to become the new you. Whether it’s a new sport, new job, new people, new skill or something else new. New is Different. And different isn’t always easy.
For a long time now I’ve easily admitted to anyone around me that I was unable to do a certain task. It had been years since I was put in a situation where I needed to use this particular task & I was quite comfortable, even proud to say that I just couldn’t do it! Life was going well for me despite this inadequacy, in fact, I hardly even thought about it. That is, until a few years ago when my youngest son took up this skill & excelled at it so brilliantly, like a he was born to do it, that I took another look at it. I was so proud of him, but I was also in disbelief as to my ability. How could an off~spring of mine pull this off so quickly & beautifully?
After nearly 2 years of watching him & being incredibly proud, I decided that I would give this another go. I wanted to try it out for 2 reasons.
Number 1 was because I have a special bond, a special connection with my older son. (My older son & I shared a love for running. We have run many 5k races, a few 8k races & now have 10k races under our belts together). It’s such a heart warming thing that we have together & I wanted something special with my younger son.
& the 2nd reason for giving it a go was to see if I really could do it. I realized that even tho I have been saying I can’t, I hadn’t actually tried in well over 15 years!!
So last week I took the plunge. I decided that I was going to “dive” right in & see if I would sink or swim (literally). You see, what I’m talking about here is swimming. Strange maybe. But it’s true.
To make a long story short (kind of)… I made it to the pool. I was actually more nervous about the water being too cold for my liking then drowning (they have a number of ace life~guards & my son said he would keep an eye on me) I found out very quickly that it is in fact a very tiring gig, swimming back n forth like that. But I surprised myself by being able to do so many laps! I was proud of myself. & incredibly inspired by my sons daily hard work (he can officially beat me by 24 seconds doing laps).
As I floated in the pool treading water, it dawned on me. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve encouraged my children to ‘keep going’ & to ‘try it one more time’. There were just too many! And when they got it, it’s exhilarating to watch. I was tremendously proud of them. But you know what else is pretty cool? To do it yourself & feel that exhilaration. Feel that pride. Don’t get me wrong, swimming is one thing, starting a new business is another, ending or starting a relationship is different yet, as is making a new meal for your family or friends. But the fact remains. We are here to try things. Try new things. Try old things. Try something everyday. Surprise yourself. Indulge yourself. Make yourself proud. Make yourself better. Be someone new!
What have you been hesitant to try? What do you keep saying you can’t do? What do you want to know how to do? Why don’t you start. Try one today.