I've been thinking a lot this past year about the many positive effects of trying something new, especially something that has at least some element of risk.
Over the last year, I've made some first attempts at thinking beyond 'my' ordinary, beyond what I've done and how I've done it, and have even tried a few new things that I had never tried before. Like refurbishing an old porch chair my son found that someone down the street was throwing out. It did not require much skill. Anyone can hammer a nail, measure the length of a piece of wood for replacement and use a paint brush. At the time, I was too afraid to use an electric saw and so got the local hardware store to cut all of the pieces for me.
In the end, I was pleased with the result. I had fixed something. I had created a good porch chair out of an old battered one with wood so rotten it wasn't safe to sit on. It was a small thing, but it really got me thinking about how important it was to try, how good it felt to do something different and how that one repair job got me thinking about all of the other repairs I could do myself instead waiting to have them done for me.
And so I've decided today, the day I turn 50, to make this year the year I try 50 new things. I am not going to create a check-list that I cross off as I journey through the year. I don't want to go about it that way. Based on the outcomes of the new things I've tried recently, any number of new trajectories may present themselves as an outcome to trying just one new thing.
And so instead I will start with just one thing and see where it leads. I will begin with this blog, a place in which I will share my insights on my various eclectic interests and of course on the 50 new things I try. I am not sure if I will post daily, but I definitely will post often. At this point, it doesn't really matter if anyone reads my posts, only that I start writing them.
If you've followed along this far, I thank you. And just to add a bit of fun listening to this post, have a listen to "Arcane presents Lulu" by Hugh LeCaine. It's a favourite of mine, especially on this day. The sound file can be played from this page. You can read more about Hugh LeCaine here. Happy listening!