Sometimes these new adventures will turn out to be a new passion of yours. Sometimes those new adventures will cause you to fall flat on your face, literally.
Recently my ex-husband took our daughter to the rodeo. They had several "kid friendly" activities including an inflatable climbing wall with slide. When children got to the top they had the option of going down the slide or jumping down onto a pad which was an eight or nine foot drop.
Mika (who is five) climbed up the wall and stood at the top deciding whether to jump or go down the slide. She stood there for a couple of moments considering her options; she then told her dad that she was going to jump. Now you are supposed to jump feet first so that you can land on your bottom or your back, Mika however flipped forward and landed face first.
When she got to her dad she did not cry but she did tell him that it hurt a lot. When he asked her if she wanted to go again she simply said no. I do not think that her falling on her face will keep her from leaping off the edge when she is older -- however it might. If it does… at least she tried a new experience.
After falling on her face, Mika then tried an actual 25-foot rock climbing wall. She was harnessed in by the attendant and told that there was no way for her to fall. She was able to climb about 9 feet on her own and then she had trouble reaching the hand and foot holds. The attendant asked her if she wanted to come down or if she wanted the attendant to help pull her up to the top. Mika chose to be mostly pulled to the top (with a tiny bit of foot and hand holding) and let down by the attendant. When she came home she told me how much she loves rock climbing. I am sure that we will have many future trips to the local rock-climbing gym.
Make a list of what you are interested in trying, learning or experiencing. Think of different ways to learn tasks that fit the way you like to learn. I have a friend that teaches creative thinkers how to make a visual business plan. Personally, I cringe at the idea of creating a vision board however a written plan fills me with glee.
Once you have brainstormed new ideas, choose one item from your list and figure out how you are going to do it. If you want to skydive, you will probably need to have lessons. If you want to write a book, create a writing plan of X number of words per day or week.
With each task or experience your confidence in your ability to adapt will continue to grow.
Until next time…
Have a great day,
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