When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
We live in a time when connecting with nature is taken for granted. When last did you take a long walk just to see the trees, smell the air, and plug back into nature. When was the last time you did something, just for the sheer delight of it?
One of the beautiful things about childhood is the size of our imagination. From flying elephants to jumping houses, there wasn't a limit to the things we thought up and wanted to try out. And we had the time. I mean, the point of being a child was to have all of your future in front of you. So many possibilities yet you don't know what to do with them.
Then we grew up.
Connecting with nature became unimportant. Careers happened. Relationships came and went. We had disappointments here and there and many other experiences that shaped our adult selves. Then time begins to run out.
Hurrying to be at the office in the morning, trying to meet an assignment deadline, rushing to get married and have children... there is just a lot to get done. They are all good things to do but they can be distracting.
For most of us, life is about achieving the next thing; the next job, the next project, the next relationship, the next social media gist, the next 'something'. We do not get to enjoy where we are now. We are not present in the present.
It can be as simple as not being able to eat without being on our phones... Sometimes, I eat and can't remember the taste of what I ate! Hahaaha! Don't judge me. Only trying to catch up on something. But you get my point? We are always on to the next thing.
When did you last have a good laugh?
How long since you last had real fun?
When did you last do something for the adventure?
How long has it been since you did something for the first time? Doesn't have to be anything grand, you know.
Here are some ideas:
1. Try a new meal.
2. Visit a new place.
3. Strike up conversation with someone in a different field from yours.
4. Make a dress (an outfit) different from your usual style.
5. Try out a new fun or sporting activity.
6. Try a new exercise routine.
7. My favourite, read a new book. Read something from a different author or from a genre/discipline that isn't your regular. You can browse through our library at www.panacea.com.ng for something interesting.
Ok! As a concession, you can try it for the second time.
The idea is to shake free from the routine and boredom that makes up much of adult life. Like someone wise once said, "Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?"
Charles Bukowski said that.