Try New Things

A goal I set myself at the beginning of this month was to make 2015 the year I try new things. Nothing unrealistic, like something new every day (there is very little room to inject newness into a day of essay writing followed by lectures followed by food and sleep. Trust me, I’ve tried), but enough little bursts of adventurousness to keep me on my toes. We’re nearly at the end of January now, and as far as sticking to this mini resolution goes I’ve done quite well!

I recently joined the university newspaper’s team unofficially as a proof reader. I know it’s a little victory, but it’s still exciting to be a part of something like that. It’s not really significant, or in any way life-changing, but there’s something exciting about having access to the team’s spreadsheets and getting to play boss when editing submitted articles. Plus, getting my foot into doing a slice of what I hope to be pursuing post-uni makes it all the more enjoyable.

Last week I attended my first zumba class. I’m a year or two late to the zumba party – I swear it was a faddy thing to do at some point, but no idea when – but there was a free class being held in the student union, so a couple of friends and I went to give it a go. As expected, it was a little bit mental but really good fun! Not sure I’ve got the stamina to keep going, as someone who is self-professed indifferent on the subject of exercise, but I’m glad I did it.

Finally, because it’s always aesthetically pleasing to do things in threes, I dyed half my hair blue just now. It’s not really a ‘new’ thing because I spent a lot of late 2013/early 2014 sporting various hair colours (a particular highlight being the time I had about five different colours in at once) but it’s something I’ve just gone back to after not having for a while. I applaud people who take genuine pride in their hair but I am sadly not one of those people.

Other things I’ve tried in January include the dating app, Tinder (would most likely never arrange a date with any swipees but it’s a great confidence boost and weirdly addictive), using a proper laundrette for the first time ever (that one was this morning and no, the laundrette in halls doesn’t count. This one had old ladies and regulars and even a dog. I took a book and ignored everyone) and I took my first trip to Yo! Sushi (the whole experience of picking up food from a conveyor belt and paying at the end is still very enjoyable and slightly mystifying to me but we’ll go with it).

Try new things! Scare yourself a little bit sometimes. G’wan.

Until next time,

Emma x


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