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Gaining experiences

in Life Lessons, Random Musings

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I started the year with one goal in mind: gaining experiences. The bad thing about a goal as vague as that is that you do not know what kind of experiences to expect, it is kind of like praying that God gives you more patience. He will deliver, but the process of gaining that patience may not be very appealing.

With that goal of gaining experiences in mind, I have gone out of my way to try new things. This month alone I have:

  • visited a chiropractor to get a different idea of what might be wrong with my constantly-hurting foot. While this may not seem like much of an experience to some, if you have ever had one doctor separate the bones of your foot while the other one digs in to rip scar tissue, you can vouch for the fact that it is indeed an experience.
  • intentionally turned off my GPS to check out some back roads. Getting lost is a great way to find new things.
  • bought a bike. I actually just got back from my second solo ride. The quietness allows my brain to reset. I am a bit of a speed and thrill junky, so riding is right up my alley.
  • gone to an Asian market alone. (This one will be a complete surprise to even my closest friends.) I drove myself to an Asian market in search of some ingredients for a new recipe I am trying desperately to create. I had absolutely zero luck, but it was an experience nonetheless.
  • tried sushi for the first (and hopefully last) time.
  • held my daughter while waking up from anesthesia. I have heard that different people react differently to such things, but I was not expecting the reaction that I received while she was going under or waking up. This is one experience I will be perfectly happy never repeating.
  • introduced myself to a room full of parents of dyslexic children and asked them to join with me in starting a support group. Turns out, there are a lot of us with the same core concerns.
  • submitted stories and articles to new venues. I am stepping more and more outside of my comfort zone, and I am feeling more and more confident about it.
  • watched my daughter deliver her first speech in front of her classmates. She nailed it!

And to top off the list, I had the experience of a long-time friend sharing with me that she had shared my weight loss blog posts with one of her friends and that she was empowered by it. She, and several of her family members, are now joining forces on their own weight loss journey.

I cannot say that 2012 has been a year of extraordinary things, but it has been a year focused on finding the good in even the challenging things. I am beginning to see that even the worst of experiences has a silver lining if you look hard enough and put enough polish on it.

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