Something for the First Time

My church’s Senior Minister is always asking, “When was the last time you tried something for the first time?” In fact, they’ve decided to make that this year’s theme. After church yesterday, I began thinking about “New Things” goals for 2015. I don’t want to come up with so much that it interferes with my primary focus for the year, but there are a few things I think I can manage to do to help make this an interesting year:

  • Explore somewhere I’ve never been.
  • Eat at 12 new restaurants. I did this a few years ago but felt myself slipping back into my comfort zone last year.
  • Read 50 books. My reading habits haven’t been very good lately. I’m hoping this goal will help get me back on track.
  • Take Charlotte to the dog park
  • Make 12 new recipes
  • Learn a new song for piano, guitar, and ukelele
  • Use Lingual.ly app to learn some Italian

This passage from a piece written for The New Yorker by David Eagleman explains how trying new things can help us “slow down” the passage of time:

“This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,” Eagleman said—why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.

Maybe this will be the year I finally go skydiving! What new things are you going to do this year?

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