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DO ONE NEW THING EVERY SINGLE DAY

I’ve heard it in the past, and just ignored the statement when people have said it to me. I always thought, well, that does not make any sense to me at all, but now that I’m a little older than I used to be, I’m starting to give this a little more validity. You’re probably asking yourself, “What on earth is she talking about?” Well, it’s become a common complaint that time seems to whiz by faster and faster as we get older. Of course, aging doesn’t grant us the power to disrupt the space-time continuum, so it’s not a real problem. But why do we perceive it to be? It’s like Thorin Klosowski from lifehacker.com stated, “Time does go by (or, more accurately, it feels as if time is going by) more quickly the older we get. In the first few years of our lives, anything we sense or do is brand new, and many of our experiences are unique, so they remain firmly in our memories. But as the years go by, we encounter fewer and fewer new experiences—both because we have already accomplished a lot and because we become slaves to our daily routines. For example, try to remember what happened to you every day last week. Chances are that nothing extraordinary happened, so you will be hard-pressed to recall the specific things you did on Monday, Tuesday, etc.


“What can we do about this? Maybe we need some new apps that will encourage us to try out new experiences, point out things we've never done, recommend dishes we've never tasted and suggest places we've never been. Such an app could make our lives more varied, prod us to try new things, slow down the passage of time and increase our happiness. Until such an app arrives, try to do at least one new thing every week.”


Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Do one thing every day that scares you." The idea being the more we take ourselves out of our comfort zones—our little bubbles—the more we will experience life, community, and the unexpected. Confront your fears: speak up, talk to a stranger, take a dance class, ask for someone's phone number, climb a mountain, learn to paint, begin writing that novel, go to a party alone, and tell someone you love them. Let's all take the challenge: Do one thing every day that scares you.


Doing one new thing every day may seem a little daunting, but seriously counter-intuitively, it’s often easier to do something practically every day than to do it some days. I take notes for my writing every day. Many people have told me that they find it easier to exercise when they exercise every day. If I try to do something four days a week, I spend a lot of time arguing with myself about whether today is the day, or tomorrow, or the next day; truthfully, it’s just easier to do it every single day. Start making a list of things you’ve never done. They don’t have to be big things like skydiving; firsts don’t have to be big, dramatic, and risky to recharge and reinvent your life. By just trying small things, you begin to see the world around you with fresh, child’s eyes. Doing Firsts retrains us, takes what might seem predictable and smothering, and transforms it into something filled with learning, fun, and possibility. Don’t swear for a day. Eat vegetarian for a day. Stuff like that. It’s fun to try something new. Make your life exciting, so you can’t wait to get up every morning and do something new for the very first time.


DID YOU KNOW THAT TAKING SMALL ACTIONS THAT SURPRISE OUR HABIT BODIES CREATES NEW PATHWAYS IN OUR BRAINS AND WE SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY?


Some quick ideas just to get you started:

· Ride a bike

· Shoot some hoops

· Write a poem

· Join the library

· Take a course

· Join a club

· Eat something you have never tried before

· Talk to a stranger

· Go for a walk and take some photos

· Meditate

· Do yoga

· Learn to jump rope

· Write down things you are grateful for

· Start a journal

· Eat your lunch outside

· Learn a new word

· Start a new hobby

· Set your alarm clock to 10 minutes earlier

· Make it a point to feed your mind with the thoughts, words, and images that are most consistent with who you want to be, what you want to have, and what you want to achieve

· Pay for everything with paper money and keep any change that you receive. Then, put all of your change in a jar and see how much money you can accumulate in 30days

· Drink at least 4 glasses of water throughout the day

· Park as far away as possible in the parking lot

· Say “I love you” to those important people in your life

· Give your significant other a big hug as soon as they come home from work

· Create a blog

· Get out in nature

· Exercise

· Plan your day the night before

· Have a pad and pen on the table and write down your ideas when they come to you

· Sing a song

· Write an old fashioned letter using a pen and paper

· Help someone

· Accomplish one big task today

· Go flying with your grandpa.


For each of you, the one new thing will probably be different, but just accomplishing this task will change your life.


Remember, our lives are a large collection of single days one right after the other. The sun rises, the sun sets, and it rises again. And in the end, the lives we chose to live will be determined by how we choose to spend each day. Each day is an important gift. Embrace each one individually and discover the potential that it holds; just try to make the most it. Don’t squander your time!!


Kathryn Hartwell

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