Whether it’s a food or an activity, trying something new can help you understand yourself better and open up doors to greater things. Opening yourself up to new experiences will make you smarter, more open-minded, and give you a wider range of self exploration.
Engaging in something new may lead to making new friends with similar interests or even getting exposing yourself to a new hobby that you didn’t know you were interested in. New things can help you discover you: who you are, what you want, what you like.
The biggest roadblock to trying new things is fear: fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of being hurt. You need to embrace the fear and use it to fuel your confidence to try different things and be open to all possibilities.
So, where do you start?
Sit down and interview yourself–seriously! Take a few moments to think about what makes you happy, what you want to make you happy, what you’re unhappy with in your life, what you can do, and what you’d like to try. Once you’ve figured out what your limits are and where you see yourself, start in that direction. Maybe learn to see whether or not you’re a daredevil by giving bungee jumping a try. If that’s too scary, that’s okay! Starting small will help you grow as a person too. Little things like ordering sushi rather than your regular salad or biking rather than driving to school can give you new experiences that will lead you to try bigger things.
Take the plunge, no matter how small the action, and step out of your comfort zone–when you look back, you’ll be happy you tried.