January 31, 2012

When was the last time you tried something new?  I mean something out of the ordinary.  Something that people even smiled and chuckled when you told them what you did?  

I read an article recently (now I can't remember where I saw it) that discussed how tweaking your everyday routine or mastering new tasks promoted a healthy brain. (Apparently I need to work on my brain since I can't even remember where I read this.)  The task can be as simple as brushing your teeth with your less dominant hand or engaging in an activity you have never experienced.

This past weekend, I did two new things.  As I was doing them, I didn't even think about them being new, but afterwards, I felt very satisfied that I had pushed through the tasks.

First: I drove Kern's truck to Old Town to babysit and PARKED it. *

Second: I watched a scary movie (Taken) with my roommates.

The funny part about stretching your brain in this way is that an activity has the capability to really stretch one person's brain might be an everyday occurrence for another person.  Perfect example: Kern driving his truck.  It is something he does all the time and doesn't think twice about it.  Most people love scary movies, but for me, it was a stretch to sit through...but I did it.

Funny thing was: after I drove the truck I had a great sense of satisfaction at my accomplishment.  After I watched the entire movie, it made me really think about the meaty issue that was depicted: human trafficking.

My conclusion: I'm going to try to continue stretching myself.  It's a good thing.   

*after lots and lots of practice

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