When was the last time you did something for the first time?
It’s no secret that I love country music, and one of my favorite artists is Darius Rucker, the former front man of a little band called Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker stands out in the Nashville music scene because he’s African-American and he doesn’t exactly fit the country music mold.
Now, that didn’t stop him from chasing his dream of being a country music star. He wasn’t afraid of failing.
Hit latest hit is called “For the First Time” off his fifth solo album When Was the Last Time and each time I hear it I think about what I’ve done lately that I had never done or experienced previously.
The chorus asks a simple question: When was the last time you did something for the first time?
“Yeah, let yourself go, follow that feeling … maybe something new is what you’re needing … Like a real life, let your hair down, feel alive … When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
Rucker says the song is about asking his listeners to “think about taking chances and going out there.”
I love that kind of thinking.
Too often, adults get stuck in a routine and don’t try new things. When we are little, we learn new things and try things on a daily basis to figure things out. Children are naturally curious. They seek to understand. They learn by observing, copying and trying. In a child’s mind, there is no limit to what we can do.
Why does this change as we get older? Why do we seemingly settle when there is so much more out there for us to learn, experience and enjoy?
If being alive is about growth, why do we stop pushing to grow and learn? Why do we accept the so-called “status quo?”
When you reach the point that you don’t try new activities and experiences then you are not getting better. Maybe our brains tell us not to be so bold? Maybe trying something new scares us? Maybe we make the mistake of thinking about the worst possible outcome and not the potential payoff if we push the limits?
Whatever the excuse is, I don’t like thinking that way. It bothers me so much when I see a person that has all the potential in the world not reach their potential because they won’t focus on “doing!” It drives me nuts to see a person with all the talent, tools and resources they need to be successful sit and not move. If you don’t build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be because you won’t take action then I am sorry.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I love seeing a person that just needs a little encouragement and guidance shoot off like a roman candle because they figure out what is possible and take action immediately. The slightest momentum can prove to be massive in living your best life and doing your best on a daily basis. All you gotta do is move!
Don’t fret about the task at hand, rather focus on the opportunity of the obstacle you have been blessed with having the chance to tackle head on.
The next time you have the chance to try something new … do it!
Step out of your comfort zone, and live life to the fullest.
Think about what you want to accomplish, what risks or chances do you need to take to make it happen?
Be unique and not ordinary when it comes to making something happen. GSD … Get Something Done!
Then, the next time you hear Darius Rucker singing “For the First Time,” you will immediately be able to answer that question. If you can’t remember the last time you did something for the first time, I encourage you to find something new and break the cycle of what you’ve been doing every single day.
In fact, leave me a comment below to let me know what you have done recently for the first time!