When my boys were little and I brought them to the neighborhood park, they would play in the sandbox first, then the swings, then the slides, then the monkey bars. They tried everything, always testing their limits. When they mastered all the equipment, I started taking them to other parks with different equipment because it was so much fun watching them take on a new challenge. After a while, I couldn’t go anywhere with them without hunting down the closest school or park so they could “test it out.”
What happened to that attitude? As adults we settle into our sandboxes and just stay there. We’re comfortable with what we know. We surround ourselves with routine. The thought of trying new things on the neighborhood playground is a stretch for us, let alone the idea of searching out a new park.
In the end, we are limited by what we don’t know. It’s time to get out of the sandbox, get comfortable with uncomfortable, learn new things and get excited about life all over again. Why not?