I was supposed to take a snow kiting lesson yesterday. (Sunday) The weather didn’t cooperate and I had to reschedule. Boo.
Snow kiting is a lot like kite boarding as seen in the picture here. The difference, obviously, is that it’s on snow.
One way I define adventure is to do something for the first time. To feel what it’s like to be a beginner. It pushes me out of my comfort zone. It gives me the chance to rediscover myself a little bit as I battle with not being good at something. Will I give up if I don’t get it right away? How will I deal with the frustration of it? Will I quit?
To me, that’s fun. I want more of that in my life! So I try to do something new quite often.
I think as we get older, we tend to lose this desire. Adults don’t want to NOT be good at something. I mean, if we suck at something what will people think? They’ll laugh at us, right?
As parents of a toddler we encourage our son to try new things. Food, sledding, scooter, books, songs, etc. We want him to be bold. To be curious. To take some risks.
However, as adults we draw comfort from what we know. We settle into the things we know and we like to stay there. That’s called a comfort zone. We forget that it’s in the stretching of ourselves that we grow. And we stretch when we try something new!
But man, it takes some real vulnerability and courage to be a beginner at something, doesn’t it? That’s exposing a weakness. We can’t be seen as weak! Leaning in DESPITE is true bravery.
I want to take the advice I give to my son. Do something, try something, experience something for the first time MORE OFTEN. Schedule it in. I’ll try snow kiting again this weekend (anyone want to join?), fingers crossed it’s windy!
If I can throw down a challenge for you it’s this: try something this week for the first time. Be a beginner. And let me know what it is so I can cheer you on!