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What was the last new thing you tried to do?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by coffeekid, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I say "tried" because I've spent the last two weeks trying to develop something I already do. I won't bore you with the sorry details but I don't feel particularly impressed with myself. In fact, I'm thinking it might have been better if I hadn't bothered.
    Still - maybe some good will come out of it somewhere down the line, who knows.
    Have you stepped out of your comfort zone (hate that expression) lately? Do you think it was worth it? If not, are you still glad you at least tried?
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  2. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    Frequently find things to do to make me step out of my comfort zone - some of them mad (bungee jumping off the Europa bridge, springs to mind) - some of them academic (I know, I'll do a course in......) and then wonder how I'm going to use it.

    My trouble is not exactly low-boredom threshold so much as always wanting the challenge: "I wonder if I can do that?" (Try it, find I can) "Oh good. Now what can I try?" If I were a cat I'd be the one that chases after the new shiny thing.
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  3. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Golly, coffeekid, you've really got me wondering. It could be anything from playing te accordion to learning to fly.
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  4. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Well, I'm learning the piano, but it's not that. It's a painting thing.
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  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I tried to drive a motorbike.
    I hated every second.
  6. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I can relate to the feeling that you describe in your OP. I often feel like that when I set myself a new challenge. The feeling fades if I stick with it.

    My current challenge is learning to walk again. Progress is good but I am sure I will have bad days.
  7. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Nope, nothing for ages. Can't remember the last time I thought "I think I'll try that just because I've never felt like doing it before but feel as if I should do it because it's new." I have learned a couple of things because I thought they'd be useful - the US Highway Code, basic Italian - but only to the point they were usable.
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  8. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Me neither. Novelty isn't for me. For me it's about wanting to improve myself in certain ways.
    New stuff for usefulness is good.
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  9. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    I decided to take up basketry a couple of years ago (thoughts of recycling waste card and plastic )
    The results were 'passable', but the techniques were far more complex than I had imagied!
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  10. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I started to learn to play the piano last year. Two reasons really. One, I'd always wanted to learn and two, my brother said I'd never bother. Showed him!! :p

    I don't practice nearly enough but I'm so enjoying it!! :)
  11. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    Dragonlady - I find it taxes my brain in ways nothing else does. Must be a good thing.
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  12. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    I agree. I can't think of anything else where I'm trying to look at 2 things-music and hands, while both hands are doing completely different things!! :eek:
    Occasionally, just occasionally all these tasks are accompanied by recognisable music!! :D
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  13. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I can't imagine how you play the piano. All those fingers doing different things at the same time!
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  14. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    It's impossible. I'm pretty rubbish at it.
  15. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    learning to cope with a body in which parts of it dont want respond.I am rubbish at being patient.
  16. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I've recently become a school governor, so the courses etc are taxing my brain, but it's good for me to challenge myself once more!
  17. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    do you have to do courses to be a governor?
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  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    A couple of new fishing knots.
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  19. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Faux antique wood staining and graining. Suits my style though - I'm terrible for making mistakes but the techniques are quite forgiving. And investing in a good quality little hand saw has been a revelation.

    Roof repairs. Again, a new tool has proved invaluable and given me new confidence - this time a ladder stand off (horns at the top).
  20. emilystrange

    emilystrange Star commenter

    cursive handwriting.

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