When Was the Last Time You Did Something For the First Time?

Key Takeaways

  • As children, we encounter new experiences all the time, but as adults, new experiences are less frequent.
  • Sticking to routines and not trying new things can lead to boredom in life.
  • Try something new and you may find yourself seeing life through a different lens.

As children, everything in life is new. Something as simple as jumping up and down, kicking a ball, or swinging on a swing can be a brand-new experience. Though the word “awesome” is often overused and misused these days, it’s fitting to say these experiences often feel truly awesome when you’re a child.

But what about as an adult? When was the last time something you did inspired awe? When did you last do something you’d never done before? For many adults, answering these questions takes some thought. If that’s the case for you, perhaps it’s time to give something new a try.

Maybe you’ve never ridden a horse, or attended a live opera, or been to a professional football, baseball, or basketball game. Perhaps you’ve never been on a snowmobile or ridden in a hot air balloon, or learned how to play an instrument. The list of things to try in life is long and filled with excitement!

There’s something visceral about trying new things that charges us up and helps us see life through a different lens. Seeing something on TV or reading about it just isn’t the same. Remember learning to ride a bike, or riding a roller coaster for the first time, or simply lying in the grass, staring up the clouds? You probably have similar childhood memories that have stuck with you throughout your life.

When we experience something new as adults, it jolts us out of our routines and out of the boredom that can come from routine life. Oftentimes, it rejuvenates us, changes us, and brings us new excitement—and it creates new memories for us to cherish.

So whether you’re thinking of learning a new language, taking a sculpting class, writing a book, or hiking in the Himalayas, stop delaying it. Allow yourself to say “That was awesome!” and really mean it! Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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