Slice of Advice- Trying new things

How many times have you wanted to do something different, but you are afraid of the social consequences that come with trying? I’m here to tell you that trying new things isn’t as hard as you think it will be.
Our reaction responses are fight or flight: they tell us whether to run or fight our issues head on.
Our fears shouldn’t hinder us from being the best we can be. Trying new things may appear to be hard, but you have to trust yourself.
If you are afraid to try it out, find a friend or a parent who you are comfortable with talking to about sensitive subjects. Tell them about the issue and what you think will happen; the most important thing out to take out of this conversation would be what you learn from listening to them. Let them soothe your anxiety and emotions.
Don’t let your friends and family dictate choices that you will soon have to face the consequences of by yourself.
It may be difficult, but if you just listen instead of piling up another list of excuses, then you will be in better shape than before.
Many times, we plant these negative thoughts into our heads telling ourselves we aren’t good enough to try new things and to be adventurous. But you are. You are entitled to same emotions and things as much as the next person.
You could be that one kid in your class who seems like they can reach for the stars without a bit of hesitation.
Remember that part in High School Musical when Troy was debating whether to be in Twinkle Town or stay on the basketball court? You are much like Troy Bolton: stuck between what your friends think of you and what you want.
You also have to remember that if you don’t have a friend that will support you, even if you do the stupidest things-of course within reason, then maybe they aren’t your true friends.
Now, I’m not telling you to just go on a spree of crazy, life-risking activities that will end with you in the emergency room. But sometimes, to find ourselves, we need to explore new things out of our comfort zone.
For example, think of the tryouts for your favorite sport, but you’re afraid of how others will view you. Go with your gut; taking risks can be tricky, but you never know what good thing will happen if you continue to think of the negative scenarios. Think of that class debate that you never participate in because you don’t want to be looked at weirdly.
Sometimes, the scariest things we do only take 15 seconds. If you just count and face it head on for 15 without fear or doubt, you may find the strongest part in yourself and have a better result than you think.
Our greatest weapon within us is the strength to laugh at our own flaws and not let them consume you, even if you do completely ruin your first “hello” to that girl in class.
When you take a chance, you give your future self fewer regrets and mid-life crises. Just save yourself the extra stress, and take the chance. As Hannah Montana once said, “Que Sera.”