On New Year’s Eve almost everyone I know makes a decision to change, start or do something different in the following year. I decided this year that I wanted to find something that I really enjoyed doing and actually stick to doing it!
When I was young my parents always encouraged me to try lots of things; I played the piano and guitar for many years, did gymnastics, dancing, swimming and even played street hockey for a while! I do regret giving some of those things up, however my biggest regret was not continuing my horse riding. I did start riding again last year but, after missing a few weeks’ lessons due to being busy, I stopped – something which I again regretted as it was then twice as hard to pick it back up.
So, with this in mind I started 2011 with a promise that I would start riding again and this time not find excuses not to do it!
Now, I guess you’re wondering what the point of this post is!?
Well, it’s almost six months down the line and I am still riding regularly and absolutely loving it! I find it completely takes my mind off everything else and provides a challenge that I have not found with any other activity in recent years (except my job, but I’d like to focus on activities during your spare time). Riding isn’t going to be everyone’s thing, but I’m sure many of us have sat and thought ‘I would love to do that again’ or ‘I’d love to try X, Y or Z’ – so, why haven’t you!?
The answer, I believe, is that life generally gets in the way – but is that really an excuse? Since making a decision to ride again I have managed to find in my diary every week and always look forward to my lessons. I’m now wishing that I’d picked it up again years ago, instead of putting it off and finding excuses not to do something out of my comfort zone!
So, I guess the point of this post is that if you really want to do or try something then just do it! Actually taking yourself out of your comfort zone can be hugely rewarding and allow you to find a new interest that makes you happy and gives you something to focus on.
I’m not trying to preach here but I did feel that it was worthwhile to share my thoughts. I would be happy if it encourages just one person to try something new.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and would welcome suggestions of other activities worth trying.