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?