In my last blog post, I used the expression, “throw it against a wall and see if it sticks,” and that general idea has come up a lot in my life lately. In the spring, my life took a 180-degree turn. I graduated from college, ended a long-term relationship, moved to a different city, and got a new job. I went from knowing exactly who I was and what I was doing, to feeling like I was in someone else’s mind and body, following a new path.
So lately, in an effort to explore the kind of person that I am and the things that I love, I’ve been throwing ideas against the wall to see what sticks.
I’ve always been the kind of person to have a few close friends rather than a large friend group. But for most of my adult life, my primary focus has been on my previous romantic relationship, not my friendships. I’ve been channeling a lot more of my energy into strengthening my existing friendships and creating new ones, too.
Finding meaning in friendship is more powerful than I ever realized. I’ve often found a lot of pride in being alone and my independence. However, finding friends that will support you, console you, inspire you, and encourage you through everything that life throws your way? That’s more valuable than you can put a price tag on.
I’ve always been a passionate person. When I love something or find meaning in something, I pour my whole heart into it. Lately, as I’ve emerged into the “real world” (and given our current political climate), I find myself seeking involvement in political and social issues that face our nation and local communities.
I’m jumping all-into this passion by attending the Women’s Convention in Detroit (hosted by the organizers of the Women’s March) later this month. There will be plenty of blog material after my attendance, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say.
I have loved traveling and adventure since I was a teenager. Now that I have a full-time job, finding time to travel is a little bit more difficult. But I’ve been making the most of my weekends, like my trips to Chicago and Wilmington, and I’m planning more in the future.
I never want to be stuck in a rut, feeling stagnant. The world is full of so many magnificent places, it would be a shame to live my life without exploring them.
Part of this whole “seeing what sticks” scenario is trying new things. This pushes me outside of my comfort zone, but I’ve been working to say “yes” to new things. Whether that’s a new outfit, a place I’ve never been, a person I’ve never met, or an experience I’ve never had, trying new things is how we learn things about ourselves and how we grow. If I’ve never tried it, it means I don’t know if I’ll like it. And even if I have tried it, things change.
I’ve always been a homebody. I love curling up on the couch, rewatching TV shows, and snuggling with my 10-month-old kitten. I’ve never been one for going out on the weekends. But lately, I’ve been pushing myself out of the box. I’m making an effort to say yes to invites from friends, as well as reaching out to others to make plans. I’m always proud of myself and glad I took the chance to go out, because I have a blast, surrounded by great friends. We only have a short amount of time on this earth, so we should live it to the fullest.
Push yourself to do something new every day, even if it’s something small. You never know how big the rewards might be. Throw it against the wall; maybe it will stick.