If you never try you’ll never know

You know, I’m quite the difficult and confusing person. I often don’t know what I want. The other day I ate the world, and today I’m not really in the mood for food. Just the other day I was down on life having a pity party. Today I’m inspired by life and want to travel the world.

I’m weird. I’m unpredictable, and I confuse myself a lot of the time.

As my dad so eloquently put it for me one day, I like to chase after shiny things. I like to test out the waters – dip my toes in and see how it feels. Sometimes it works and other times it fails miserably.

I dipped my toes in kids’ ministry and came out loving it. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now at my church. On the other hand, I dipped my toes into cops reporting and dreaded every day I went to work. It was a great opportunity; don’t get me wrong. It just wasn’t for me.

The funny thing is I don’t regret sitting at a desk listening to police scanners for six hours straight every weekend. I don’t regret taking on too many responsibilities at school and almost running myself to the ground (well, maybe I do). Here’s the point I’m trying to make, though.

If you don’t try it, you’ll never know.

Now, children, this does not apply to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Hopefully you don’t have to go through the pain of experiencing some things firsthand in order to learn your lesson. So don’t read into what I’m saying in that way. This is what I’m saying.

Take chances. Fail. Get up. Try again.

Take chances. Succeed. Move forward.

Don’t stop taking risks and making the most of every opportunity. Just because something is not what you expected doesn’t mean it’s bad. Everything and everyone is a learning experience.

So here’s my challenge for you.

Try something new.

Yes, it might be scary. Yes, it will be uncomfortable, but try it.

Maybe it’s a new job. Maybe it’s talking to someone who has a different perspective than you.

Take a risk or at least take advantage of an opportunity.

Maybe you’re young like me and are still trying to figure out what you want to do. Test out careers and dive into every job opportunity you can. If you hate it, move on. If you love it, stick with it. There’s nothing wrong with figuring out what you love in life, and chances are it’ll take a while. So don’t sweat it.

Or perhaps you’re older than me. You’ve established yourself. You’ve built a life, and now you’re settled into your suburban neighborhood. Congrats. Now do something that makes you uncomfortable.

Your life is a combination of risks you have taken, and that’s what makes it interesting.

Just say, “Yes!”

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