Reclaim Your Curiosity
The first step is to go back and get all that curiosity that you had as a child. Yes, it is still there, just waiting for you to dust it off and claim it. Now when you go out and about, use it. For instance, whenever I hear a person with an accent, I ask them where they came from. In all these years, I have never had anyone refuse to tell me.
This usually leads to more questions, and then I have a great conversation with someone who shares their unique and interesting country with me. You mentally can travel around the world if you just speak to the people you meet who have an accent. I recently did this at the gym and met a wonderful man and lady from Korea. They are now my dear friends and always encourage me to keep going to the gym.
Whenever I meet people with a handicap, or who are a little different from me, I often will talk to them if I think it is appropriate and not intrusive. The first question is always, “Is it OK for me to ask you a few questions?” That gives them an opportunity to say “No,” and it does not embarrass either one of us.
I swim at a community pool where there is a woman whose arm is cut off above her elbow. I was curious about what happened and how she lived her life with this handicap. It is amazing; she raised her family with one arm. That is really a challenge. So, one day I asked her, and she was thrilled to share her life and challenges with me. I remember that she said the hardest thing to do was to peel a potato.
Now, every time I see her, I have such a deep respect for the positive attitude she has and the way that she has lived her life. She is now far more than a handicapped person — she is a true inspiration to me.
Life Outside the Lines
Take time to see how you will color outside the lines this year. That is what I call bringing adventure into your life. When I choose to color outside the lines, it brings three things into my life:
- It adds spice to my life
- It provides an opportunity for me to grow and learn
- I always meet new interesting and exciting people
For me, this year, here are a few ways that I plan to color outside the lines:
- I plan to ride across Iowa on the biggest bike ride in the world. It is called Ragbrai. My goal is to lose at least 42 more pounds so that it will be easier for me to pedal the 480 miles in 7 days.
- I want to go to China to see a friend’s son who will be marrying a Chinese woman in a very traditional Chinese celebration.
- I am working on going through my house and letting the old clutter go so that I can be open for the new adventures in my life.
Now take a few minutes and see how you can add spice, fun, and new adventures to your life by doing something crazy, creative, or innovative. Color outside the lines!