One idea that I’ve heard is that there are two ways to learn things: education and experience (or book learning and doing).
Education is great because it builds your knowledge base from which you can act and change. But there comes a point when more education doesn’t make much of a difference – you won’t become great at driving just by reading road rules and your car’s manual.
Experience, however, teaches you in a different way. By doing something, you become actively engaged. You pick up on things that you might miss when reading paragraphs and paragraphs from a text book.
Many people, however, are scared to try new things. I’m not talking about a new drink from a bar or the latest fashion accessories: I’m talking about life experiences. Experiences which can teach you new things about the world and about yourself.
- Been sky diving?
- Given other styles of music a proper listen?
- Shaved your head?
- Learnt to knit?
- Lived in another country?
- Acted in a film?
- Been in a karaoke competition?
- Built a web site?
- Ridden a motorcycle?
- Travelled to countries that other people you know don’t normally go to?
- Learnt another language?
- Learnt to draw or paint?
- Built a table?
- Done any welding?
- Eaten non-breakfast food for breakfast?
- Slept on the floor?
- Tried different sports?
- Sold everything you own?
- Tried stand up comedy?
- Created a business?
- Built a wall?
- Driven a bus?
- Kept embarrassing photos up online?
- Had your body used for scientific research?
- Danced in public in broad daylight?
I’m sure you can think of plenty more…
New experiences give you new ideas to draw from and new stories to tell. I couldn’t think of a life more boring than doing the same thing day in day out. And if the “worst” happens and you have a bad experience, you’ve still learnt something.
Like they say, variety is the spice of life.
Try something new.