Try Something New: 30 Things to Zap Boredom
Try Something New: I was having a
difficult time a few years ago. I was bored out of my skull. After watching the
paint dry on weekends, I realized I had to figure something out.
I decided to take up
fly fishing. Shortly thereafter, I joined the local club and attended their meetings
and fly-tying seminars. I was hooked in no time. Yes, I will be attending the
2022 nerd awards.
I had to make some
adjustments like interacting in social situations (terrifying!) and learning
how to stand in a river properly so I wouldn’t get my ass kicked by the rocks
and currents. It didn’t go so well in the beginning. I’m filming a movie about
my experience called “A River Ran Me Over.”
You’d be surprised at
how this little “change-up” has improved my life. It’s making my brain and body
work in different ways - and it’s refreshing.
Read on to learn about
the additional benefits of trying something new.
1. Personal Growth
After stepping out of
your comfort zone and into the wilderness of the unknown, a magical thing
happens. You learn and grow as an individual. You learn what you are truly
capable of – I detect hidden talents somewhere! Yes, it can be uncomfortable at
first, but it will expand your mind and make you aware of even more of life’s
2. Courage Boost
Courage, the ability to
do something while experiencing fear, is a natural biproduct of having tried
something new. But pat yourself on the back, it took courage on your part to
try it from the start!
3. Engage and Embrace Patience
Trying something new
doesn’t mean a “one and done” experience. Trying something new is a whole
adventure, and it should be viewed as a process. Yes, some things are hit or
miss. I’m glad I stuck with fly fishing despite having STUCK myself with hooks
while learning the new sport!
4. Humility is an Added
So, you try something
and you fall on your face. Yes, there will be times when you try something and
find it to be an utter disaster. That’s okay – consider it part of the process.
There is a hidden gift in this process. You develop humility.
5. You Experience the
Thrill of Victory
Take stock in your
accomplishment and do a victory lap.
6. Awareness of Further
You took the plunge and
discovered a whole new life. Surprise! This is only the beginning! Consider
what else there may be around the corner.
7. You’ll Realize You’re Not
You may be trying
something that involves group interaction. You realize quickly you are not
alone in this adventure. You may be trying something new that involves only
yourself, but consider the fact that others are trying the same thing. Start a
8. Excuses will Subside
In the past, you may
have relied on excuses to not try anything. As your victories mount, you begin
to try even more new things. As a result, you’ll feel less inclined to make
9. You’ll Have More
It’s funny, but you
must be willing to give up some control in order to try something new, yet you
are simultaneously taking control of your life. I understand if you need to reread
this – I had to.
10. You’ll be a Role Model
I’ve said it before and
I’ll say it again: you never know who’s looking to you for inspiration. Teach
others that it’s okay to venture out into the world and claim your stake. I
also like venturing out into the world to claim my steak – preferably a ribeye.
Reflect on this and
really consider all that you stand to gain by getting out and encouraging
yourself to try something new. I’m glad I did.
My next step is to
purchase a Go Pro so that I can get some action footage of me fishing. Perhaps
even some underwater videos of the fish I catch.
You may even see a clip
of me falling face first into the river.
Please excuse me now,
I’m going to claim my steak…..~Ted
Try Something New: 30 Things to Zap Boredom ~parts adapted via LifeHack.org
1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
7.Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!
Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”
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