Maybe You’re Great

Which list do you think is longer: the list of things you’ve tried or the list of things you haven’t?

If you ate a new dish at every meal for the rest of your life, you’d never run out. You could go your whole life and never repeat a meal if you wanted. You could listen to music 24/7/365 for the rest of your life and never repeat a song. You could talk to a different person every day and never come close to talking to everyone.

The world is wonderful like that. There’s nothing wrong with the comfort of the familiar if it makes you happy. I’ve read my favorite book and watched my favorite movie dozens of times each; I’ve listened to my favorite song hundreds of times. I talk to my favorite people every day. (One of them only squeals, giggles, or cries, but it’s great conversation anyway.) Despite the solace we find in the old familiar places, variety is the spice of life.

Variety doesn’t have to be radical. When people hear “try new things,” they often think they’re being pushed to trade their knitting needles for a hang glider, but it can be as simple as trading in your blue yarn for some green one day.

Take your job. You may have had anywhere from a handful to two dozen jobs in your life – out of potentially thousands upon thousands. There might be other things out there that you would enjoy! And hey, maybe you’re great at them, too. Again, I’m not saying that you should quit your job at the law firm and run off and be a dance instructor.

But maybe be a dance instructor one Saturday a month, and see what happens.

Heck, maybe just branch out into a new field of legal work. No matter what your job is – walk into another department and see what they do. Have lunch with them. Read a trade magazine for an industry you’re not in. Just browse; window shop a little.

The worst that can happen is you get a good experience and decide that some new experience isn’t for you after all. The best that can happen is a radical, bright new life takes shape in front of you. Everything on that spectrum is good. So try!

Maybe you’re great!

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