Always Try New Things
*This blog originally posted in September 2012 at mdsouthernbelle.blogspot.com
I counsel college students who are deciding on their career paths. One common problem among this group of mainly 20-year-olds is the fear that the fun in life ends when they graduate. Some struggle with sadness due to the belief that these are the last years before they have to become a “boring” adult.
But…were they boring kids?
I get it. I went through a slight depression or a quarter life crisis when I was around 26. At that age, you have experienced so many of life’s exciting milestones. But then you find yourself an adult without really feeling ready to be one. You wonder what is next. That time for me was so uncomfortable but such a blessing now! I am fortunate that I went through a time of sadness and uncertainty so I can relate to my students who are struggling with the same fears.
During that time, I was also surrounded by a few role models already in their thirties. These people were so positive and interesting. They let me know that it only gets better. So I entered my 30s excited and they were right – my 30s have been far better than my late 20s. I feel younger and happier.
I try to communicate this same message to my students through not only my story but various examples in class and in sessions. However, not everyone is like me. Unfortunately some adults do turn out to be just boring adults. But…maybe they were boring kids too.
A Year of Firsts
I read an article this week that made me think of staying young. Jamie Lee Curtis was interviewed in Good Housekeeping about life in general but one of her philosophies really stood out. She recently wrote a children’s book about an exciting year of firsts. Writing this book made her think about, how as adults, we tend to not try new things as eagerly as we did as children. She is right. Many of us, as children, enrolled in a variety of after school classes, learned new hobbies, and were eager to meet new friends. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, a lot of us stop enrolling in new classes and trying new things. We simply get caught up in the responsibilities of being an adult. Maybe that is why 20 somethings get the idea adulthood is boring. With this insight, Curtis decided to try new things. She started out with a 5k because running scared her as a child. Then after successfully completing the 5k she moved to working her way through a cookbook series that she loved.
My New Adventures
This article excited me. I am fortunate enough to work on a college campus where I am constantly exposed to new ideas and activities but her philosophy made me want to do more. I want to keep learning! On my list of new things to master are yoga and calligraphy. I also really like Curtis’s idea about working her way through a cookbook. I am going to start on a Southern Living cookbook that I have been staring at for over a year. Time to try new recipes!
What are some new things you want to try? I would love to hear your ideas!
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