It’s the season of playacting at being afraid. Halloween can be a nice workout for the amygdala, but the results are fleeting. We go to the movies and “haunted” houses to be jolted out of our comfort zones, but it’s not real. It’s fake risk.
There’s plenty of real stuff out there to be genuinely afraid of, like funnel spiders or chlamydia. But there’s also stuff we should not be afraid of. New stuff.
When we were kids, everything was new to us, but we didn’t seem to mind! In fact, some of that new stuff became our favorite stuff
Why do we shy away from new experiences as we grow? Is it because we have learned that life can possibly be shocking and painful, and that familiar things are not too terrible so we should stick to them? Maybe it’s just too damn complicated and tiring to keep trying.
So we do the same, old things,
But there’s good news. There’s still two whole months in 2017 to do new stuff! What’s the risk, really? That we won’t like it as much as the old stuff?
Here are some ways to get over being scared of new stuff.
Keep it really simple
If you always order the same entrée because you know it’s great and safe, just don’t! Point blindly in another section—seafood perhaps—and just say, “Yeah, that.” Do like your parents told you and eat it. You might actually like it. Or, heck, just go to a restaurant you’ve never been to before.