While my son and I were walking to his bus stop this morning, we passed some men who had been working on a tree. They had probably sawn it up and were taking it away. That's pretty good before 8:45 in the morning. Whatever they had done, there was a beautiful, natural smell in the air. I loved it and was instantly transported back to a forest somewhere. I felt like I would like to be in a forest again. I like the outdoors but rarely find myself in a natural woodsy setting.
This got me thinking about how many other things I and other people would enjoy, whether we've tried the things before or not, but we just don't do them. There are so many, many things to do wherever one lives and for me at least, I have my accepted list of activities and I don't often try much new. How sad.
I know that, maybe about 4 or 5 years ago, I ended up at a little girl's birthday party with my son and tried roller skating for the first time in a very long while. I kind of got the hang of it and thought that I should try new things more often. Hey, recently, I was bold and tried sun dried tomato couscous. That paid off as I loved it. I seems that when I have tried things, the effort can really be worth it. But why don't I try things more often?
I guess one reason is that I don't look for opportunities. I find that I can become somewhat comfortable with my life as it is and not feel a need to venture into new domains. I should look around though and see what's out there. Activities don't have to be expensive - one can go for a nature walk, take an art class through continuing education, form a group of writers, or readers, or mothers, or fathers, or cooks (I wouldn't be in the last 2). There are opportunities to volunteer or try rollerskating or swimming or skating or rock climbing. I've been interested in rock climbing for a while despite a longtime fear of heights. I realize I am not even scratching the surface of possibilities here - I guess I haven't looked for any for a while . But I'm just pointing out that there are so many things to try that might help us experience more of life's richness.
I don't know what I'll do in response to this. Tonight I think I'll watch 30 Rock and go to bed. Admittedly, neither is too innovative. Maybe I'll sit in a different spot for the show. You see, I do need to try new things. And I think trying things bigger than moving to a new seat will prove to be very wonderful.