Every few years, you need to try something you haven’t done before. Something just outside your comfort zone. Like, at least a half mile. If it doesn’t garner nervous laughter from at least someone who is near you, it’s not far enough out there.
The payoffs are huge.
It will make your brain work better. We all fight calcification of the mind. Trying new things forces your brain consider what it has not considered before. That can’t be bad.
It will force you to expand your skill set. We should always be looking to put new tricks in our bag. Once you have a specific task down pat, you’re only an simple cost analysis away from being replaced by a robot.
It will surprise you. Somethings are scary, and some things are fun, but the best things in life are scary fun. And you might turn out being really, really good at it.
Also, be prepared that maybe you won’t be good at it.
Maybe you’ll stink and everyone will know, but so will you, but because you’re smart, you’ll write that down and try something else next time.
You’re not just surviving, you are living a story. Crashing and burning at speed is always a better story than same ole, same ole.
(Like many posts, this one is quasiautobiographical. Here’s what initiated it.)