Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Try New Things

Trying new things is not one of my favorite things to do. I am a creature of habit and I like it that way. But, when I think about it, some of my now-favorite things came about by taking a step outside my norm and trying something I wouldn't normally try.

At the young age of 13, I was perfectly happy not riding roller coasters. Through the wonders of peer pressure, I found myself on the Flashback at Six Flags in Dallas and ended up loving it. Thus began a long run with roller coasters that might not have happened if I hadn't tried them just once. I don't know if my body would say the same thing now...the last time I rode a roller coaster, I got off feeling like I was 80 years old.

I pretty much eat anything, but that was not always the case. While I have never been "picky," there used to be several things that I would not eat. Potato salad was taboo until I decided to make this little recipe one day. Fruit-filled pies were not on my dessert radar at all...and while they are still not my favorite....my tastes have changed because I have learned to appreciate deliciousness such as this apple pie recipe. Chicken salad - no thanks - until I was introduced to this awesome recipe. So trying new foods is definitely something I love to do now...you never know what is going to blow your mind.

I think I have definitely have a preference in the kind of books that I read, but being part of a book club where I don't always choose what we read forces me out of those genres and has introduced me to books that I really enjoyed and sometimes to authors that I continue to enjoy. Case in point...The Hunger Games. Just one of several books we've read that I would have never given a second thought...maybe not even a first thought. It's a bit of teen sci-fi that I was seriously concerned about reading after seeing the synopsis. But, it is one of my favorite books that we've read. And part of a series, which has allowed me to further enjoy the story. I can't wait for the third installment.

All that being said, there are a few things I've tried more than once and still don't like. Playing sports would be one of them. I've tried, I've played, and I still don't enjoy them. But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy watching them. Just don't ask me to display any kind of competitive sports ability. I just don't have it in me.

And skiing. Much to Casey's chagrin, I have tried skiing (at least 4 times), taken numerous lessons, and still hate it. It's just not a love that is going to blossom in me at this point.


Mary said...

This post reminds me so much of you! =0)

Christina said...

I was also introduced to Flashback as a kid--I was about 12--and I remember it was Christi Hodges who made me go on it. While I've always loved roller coasters, I wasn't sure about the upside down/backwards factor, but I loved it and continued to ride it every trip back there.