On the Wisdom of Trying New Things

Those who know me know that I love to try new things. My classmates at Western sometimes got exasperated with me because I liked to sit in different seats pretty much every class period. Don’t worry, I tried not to sit in someone else’s seat. That would throw off their groove, and would just be plain mean.

When I go to a restaurant, I look over the menu and see if there is something I haven’t tried before. I’ll┬átry the fettucini alfredo even though I know from experience that the pasta primavera is good. It’s a small thrill of exploration. Maybe I’ll find a new, amazing dish.

Over the next few months, I will be working on a lot of projects which I hope to share with you soon. Some of these have to do with my children’s choir. Some of them don’t. Some are collaborative. Some are personal. Some are recent while some I have been slowly working towards completing for years; I am finally close to wrapping them up. After finishing them, I hope to move on to new projects, concerts, and concerns. This helps me grow as a creative, find new opportunities, and meet new people with whom to collaborate.

So what’s my point? My point is that going through life doing the same ole, same ole is boring. It can get you stuck in a rut. Change is invaluable not only for creatives like myself, but also for everyone. Try something new. Sit in a different seat. Talk to someone you’ve never met. Gain a new perspective (literally and figuratively!). Order a dish you haven’t tried before even though you’re comfortable with the veal parmesan. Start writing that blog, book, song, whatever. Read that book that’s been collecting dust on your shelf. Start learning a new instrument. Go on a date with that person who you think might be interesting. Take a risk. Change it up. Your life will be richer for it, and, who knows, you just might like it.

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