Tuesday, 9 May 2006
Trying New Things. Risk and Reward
When we try new things,
there is always the risk that we will not be happy with our choice,
we might try a food we have never tried before and end up disliking it.
It could be too sour or too salty.
It could be too spicy.
We might try a new sport like snowboarding and end up falling down a lot.
We might try a new style of music and get a headache.
We might check out a different kind of art and be totally disappointed.[en]
We might try to speak or write a different language and end up embarrassing ourselves.
Who wants that? Sounds risky to me.
But if we take the risk, we might try a new food and end up loving it.
It could be sweet or have a great flavor.
It could be an experience that makes our taste buds feel like they are in heaven.
We might try a new sport and fall down but we get back up and eventually experience exhilaration, even for a minute.
We might see why people love that sport so much.
We might try a new kind of music and regret that we didn’t discover it sooner.
We might see a new kind of art and be amazed.
We might try to write or speak a different language,
and we might be a little embarrassed as first;
but we don’t let it bother us too much because we know that the only way to improve is to make mistakes and keep on practising.
I say: Try a new food.
Try a new activity. Try to listen to some new music.
Walk into a gallery, just on a whim, and look around.
Try writing and speaking that other language more.
Try making some new friends.
There are some risks involved, but I know there are rewards too.