Published in Aug 2018 / Updated in Aug 2021
“You miss a hundred percent of the shots you don’t take”
Wayne Gretzky is popularly known to have coined the phrase. How accurate is this saying? Is it better to be conservative and only indulge in what you are sure about? Or should you embrace spontaneity and go after every chance you get? Below, this article will seek to tackle the beauty of trying new things, whether they seem like they will work out or not. We will also develop a verdict on whether it is better to live a life of ‘oh well’ or that of ‘what if.’
More often than not, you will find that you have a routine to your day. Many people have a set time to wake up on most days, and the rest of their activities are under a strict schedule. However, one can always find a way to do something out of the ordinary. It may be something as mundane as walking home rather than taking the bus or singing at a karaoke bar. When you look at it, there’s always something to do that will go ahead and brighten your day.
As you continue, you can increase the level of risks taken. Who knows, you may find yourself bungee jumping or skydiving.
Society will always have a list of norms and set guidelines either by fact or by law. However, when you inspect these rules and norms, you will find they are more often than not the ordinary things to get you through life. When you get used to following the crowd, you will most likely find yourself floating through life.
The alternative to this is quite simple, go out on a limb and do something that the crowd isn’t doing. Try a new fashion sense that everybody else isn’t wearing. You may even find a passion through having divergent views.
Take a look around. What stands out? What is different from everyone else? Go ahead and try to explore the world around you. Moreover, take advantage of every moment. Once again, you can begin from a small scale and work your way up the chain. For instance, you can start with a picnic in the park, and who knows, you might end up hiking Mount Everest.
Human beings are social beings. That is why people will always try to take comfort in what they know. You will often feel secure around a relationship that you know or a job that you have. However, you need to remember that you only have this one life to live. YOLO may sound like a shove too far, but when you think about it, you really should maximize every opportunity you get. Take some time off and go on a vacation, or participate in a marathon.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,” Eleanor Roosevelt. This is possibly one of the greatest sayings out there. When Mrs. Roosevelt said this, she meant you should try and do at least one thing that you would ordinarily find terrifying.
Afraid of snakes? Then try visiting a snake park in your locality and learn more about them. You might end up looking for one as a pet.
Mario Andretti is popularly known for his phrase, “If everything is under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” More often than not, you will kill time waiting for the stars to align or for the circumstances to be perfect. However, you need to realize that in life, the circumstances will almost always be less than ideal. You need to take a jump on every opportunity that passes your way. As they say, ‘opportunity knocks but once.’
If you have something that you have been holding on to, waiting for the ideal time, you should go ahead and start on it now. The perfect time may never come. And if it succeeds, you will have a great success story. Should it fail, you will have learned a valuable lesson.
Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. While this may not be true for every situation, it is essential to understand that due to various factors, things can get out of control. For instance, when you’re on a flight to one destination but end up detoured to another, instead of panicking, you can take the time to tour the new destination until you’re back on track.
Mark Twain notes, “… You will be more disappointed in things you didn’t do…” What Mark tries to caution is when you live your life on a narrow path, you will end up with a lot of regrets. But when you live your life trying new things, your regret list will have little or nothing to show for.
There are countless reasons why you should embrace spontaneity in life. Myriad reasons why you should try out new things. Do not constrain yourself to the norms of life. Break out, and enjoy life to its fullest.