An excerpt from The Red Chair Experience...
“The good part about getting older is you stop trying to prove anything to anyone, including yourself. All you are in the pursuit of is collecting experiences - beautiful, fragile little soap bubbles that you store in your heart, and every once in a while, you pull one out and gaze at the delicate pictures it shows you.” – Twinkle Khanna
I am not sure the thing that taught me to be open to experiences and take chances, but it seems to always have been a part of my life. I have not bungee-jumped or gone skydiving, but I have experienced a lot of things in my life. When it comes to experiences are you willing to step out and take a chance? Do you weigh the consequences, understand them the best you can (given the situation), and step forward and say, I will give it a try? I have been able to see things and do things that still amaze me, because of their beauty, or majesty, or because I did not think I would be able to do those things. My list of “accomplishments” is not awesome by most accounts, but I do raise people’s eyes when I mention a few of the things I have been able to see and do.
That makes me think, and know, that I have done a few things that are different, but I have done a fraction of the things that others have been able to do. When my kids were very young, they had their favorite ten foods, and they did not want to deviate from that shortlist of things they liked. I made a rule that they needed to try something at least once before they decided they did not like it, because it may be something that they really like. If they did not like it after they had tried it, that was ok, but they had to try. They still talk about that “rule” today and how much they tried and liked as a result of those chances they took. I have learned that as I have gotten older, I tend to say, “why not?” to things. I am looking for the experiences now and with good reason. It is not a matter of taking huge risks that do not make sense or have not been thought through with advisors. But it is saying yes to the things that come your way when we are used to just saying no to something new and different.
Today, I will find the experience that I have wanted or needed and plan to start living for those experiences.
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