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New Things

Emily Dean

Forcing yourself to try new things… stepping out of your comfort zone.

How many of us really reach for the opportunities when they come? When it’s time to jump, I don’t always jump. I love trying new things, but goodness is it scary.

At the beginning, I failed to see how branching out could strengthen my present passions.

“The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them.”

I saw this quote and it hit me. For the longest time I was not sure how gardening made me a better photographer. I didn’t want to waste time on things that took away from my art. Different things give you experience, teach you lessons and can strengthen your weaknesses. Everything is a learning opportunity, a chance to grow. Even if it is something that seems simple or not as important. In the end, gardening did help my photography.

I'll never forget the feeling I had when I discovered something, tried this new hobby and loved it. I’d spend the next few hours kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Why was I waiting?

A photographer in a dress, welding. I didn't fit into the shop section in my college. I wasn't in the shop crowd, I wasn't (or didn't appear to be) someone who got excited over a plasma cutter or welding project. I didn't let that scare me from trying it.

Guess what? I loved it. 

Don't let fear keep you away or failure keep you from trying. A wounded pride and a failed attempt at something new is little on the spectrum. It is worth the risk of discovering something new about yourself or a new passion. Try things.

Do things. Even if there are others better than you, even if you aren't sure you'll be successful.

Your first watercolor might be a disaster. You might accidentally expose a whole roll of film you spent all day shooting. So what?

By feeding your curiosity, trying something new, you'll get yourself out of a rut. Challenge yourself in a new way.

How do you feed your curiosity?

What's a hobby, or pastime that brings joy to your life that isn't necessarily "important?"

Why do we shy away from new opportunities and trying new things?


Words & Photos, LaRue | Editing, Sarah Chase