Why You Should Do Something You've Never Done BeforeI
"Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things is the best way to grow. We grow, through experiences."
What is Life?
To define life, "life is the aspect of existence that processes, acts, reacts, evaluates, and evolves through growth." I believe we earn growth in life through experiences. These experiences is what gives us purpose and shapes the way we live our lives and who we are.
A New Experience
What happens when you wake up every morning and spend majority of your day doing the same things over and over again? Do you ever thought about trying new things for the purpose of engaging a new and unique experience? We must live our lives by making the most of it, and if that means trying new things to open new doors to get the sense of a more fulfilled life, then why not? Doing new things will come naturally if you expand your influences, and take a step to the unknown.
Feeling stuck in a place or a situation is a normal feeling. What's not normal is when you keep living the same way everyday, and dealing with the same routine without considering a change. We are given a life, a beautiful life for a reason to live. Let's not waste a moment and make the best of it.
The photo above was taken during my training for the Ironman 70.3 in Austin, Texas. I was also signed up to run a full marathon (26.2 miles), a few months after this race. An Ironman 70.3 is a series of a long distance triathlon races. The "70.3" refers to the total distance in miles covered in the race. It consists of 1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run.
(My motivation was making all my gears pretty and my husband was good at that. lol.)
(The photo above was taken during my first short distance triathlon in Shadow Creek Ranch, Pearland TX.)
Not in a million years I thought about doing such a sport. A few years ago, when my husband showed interest on training for it, I was attracted to the idea of doing the "impossible". As a girl who is always up for a challenge, I found myself signing up for the race the day after our discussion. Take note, I had ZERO experience of what I was about to go through. I had to start from the bottom. I didn't have the passion, nor the right skills to overcome such an intense sport, but because I felt like I was challenged, I took the risk of learning how to swim, how to ride a triathlon bike, and how to do long-mile runs in a span of 6 months.
I'm going to be honest, I hated every bit of it. Working full time, training twice a day-six days a week, waking up at three to four in the morning every weekend to do long rides and long runs, finding myself sleeping on my days off instead of enjoying my "free" time because I was so tired, was NOT easy. My husband and I spent six months doing the same schedule every single day. I've never cried so much in my life because I was tired, hurting, and I experienced so much emotions and negativity that I had to learn to train my mind to stay positive and optimistic all the time. It was tough.
During The Race
During the race, the weather was awful. It was cold in the morning, the water was so choppy, and the waves kept splashing on my face that I had to stop a few times to breathe. I wanted to quit... I wanted to hop on one of the boats and call it quits. But as I look back to those training days, I knew I can't just quit.
Upon getting off the water, I was so dizzy due to the condition of the water. Something was wrong with my bike during my transition, but thank goodness for my husband for being there to fix it! Some of the roads were damaged and the original route was changed because of the flood that happened a couple of months ago. I hit a crack and flew off my bike while going down a hill. I also think this was because of the trauma I experienced during my swim and my vision was still a little off from being dizzy. It was a complete disaster for me.
BUT, for some reason, after the awful experience, the injury, the bruises, the crying, I managed to complete it. I couldn't stop crying. I didn't make it to our desired time, but I managed to pushed through to the finished line even though I was in pain. I completed.
I was also able to do a full marathon a few months later.
So the real question is.. was it a wrong choice? do I regret it?
NOPE! Not a single regret (besides how much it cost to do one lol). But seriously, with the amount of positive things I got from doing this, I don't regret anything. Even though I am no longer doing any triathlon races (idk if this is forever or not), because of this, I was able to do more than what my mind thought I could. This experience opened up new doors of opportunities and I learned so much about myself and what I am truly capable of.
- I learned that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
- Our marriage became stronger because we struggled, overcame it, and accomplished it TOGETHER.
- I learned how to swim and overcame my fear of the open water!
- I think I am more of a risk-taker now and up to experience new things.
- I learned to find peace and calmness on the most uncomfortable situations.
- I learned to respect and value people's interests and hobbies no matter how big or small.
- I met beautiful and wonderful people and friends along the way.
- I learned a new perspective in life.
- I value more of life than how I used to value it before.
- I appreciate my family more for being there to support me.
- Even though it wasn't the ideal finished-time I hoped for, at the end, I completed a half ironman and I am a full-marathoner! - and that, I am very thankful for!!
I GIVE SERIOUS KUDOS to anyone who attempts such a sport and HIGH respect to all triathletes and the sport itself.
Now, lets ask yourself this....
Have you live your life to the fullest?
Have you tried something you've never done before?
Have you done everything you're been wanting to do? If not, What is stopping you?
5 Reasons Why You Should Do Something
You've Never Done Before
1. You Overcome Fear
I couldn't agree more to this one! We all know that the number one reason that prevents us from taking a risk and trying something different is fear. Fear is what stops majority of people from engaging into new experiences. We are afraid of the time invests, the consequences, the changes, and we spend our time thinking about the worst-case scenarios. We focus on the negative aspects of things first instead of the "good" that comes with it. I believe fear will always be around even if you decide to take a step into trying something new because we can't help ourselves but to over exaggerate things. Fear will always be a wall to climb that you will eventually overcome and slowly fades away once you learn to embrace the process of engaging into a new experience.
2. Appreciating & Getting To Know Yourself
How can you not know yourself right? Yes, we do at some point.. but sometimes, it takes a new experience to learn more about ourselves and our capabilities. By trying new things, we learn to like something we used to not like, or start disliking something we thought we like. Opening doors for a new opportunity and experience is a great part of finding out who we truly are. You will also learn to appreciate what you're really made of.
3. Boost Confidence
Trying out something new takes courage, which leads to confidence. Showing yourself you have the courage to get out of your comfort zone and you have what it takes to try something out of the norm will only make you feel good about yourself. You will be able to reveal a potential you never thought you had in you.
4. New Skills
Again, We learn through experiences. How are you going to find out what you can do if you don't try? How are you going to learn to do something and take your level of creativity out there if it doesn't challenge you? New challenges brings out new ideas, new experiences and new skills.
5. You Value The Things Around You More
New experience means new perspective. A new perspective is a great way to learn more about the world around us. We learn to appreciate and find the sense of value even on the simplest things such as; spending time with our spouse, watching your kids play, looking at a pretty flower, or even eating your favorite meal.
If you feel like something is missing, or you feel stuck and you want life to be more meaningful, try something you've never done before!! Contemplating on doing a half marathon for next year, and maybe I should just sign up. Yes or no? :)