Question #3: What would I like to explore?
Theater. I loved watching the musicals our local high school would put on (from the time I was in elementary school to when I was attending and saw my own friends perform). I have maybe only gone to a handful of plays/musicals in adulthood and would like to go to more. I have heard about great theaters in both Baltimore and DC, so there is no shortage of options. A friend even offered to go with me, so I am out of excuses.
Museums/Historical sites. We live in one of the oldest parts of the country, with many places nearby that are rich with history. There is even a pretty great public transportation system nearby that I can use. I only seem to take advantage when friends or family are visiting, but would love to get to know the area better on my own.
Taking a class. Writing, cooking, sewing, some kind of craftmanship skill. I think it would be fun to take a class. I already have a sewing project planned to make a cushion for our bedroom bay window. I am nervous, but excited for that!
Getting involved in a community group. I recently found out that on one side of my family we are linked to someone who participated in the Revolutionary War. This means that I could join the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Of course, all I can think about is that scene from Gilmore Girls where Luke asks the question, “What is the DAR?” and laughter ensues. However, I did find out there is a local chapter right in the city I live in, so if I can just get the paperwork in order, I can get involved!
Try out a fancy restaurant. I watch Top Chef and while I haven’t tried food with fancier or more exotic ingredients, or care to spend a lot of money, I do like the idea of trying new things. I’ve done a little research on some of the chefs and discovered a few are local and there restaurants have reasonable prices, so it’s time to treat myself every once in a while with a fancier meal!
What has kept me from exploring all of these activities? Most certainly, fear: fear of going it alone, fear of rejection, fear that I won’t make any friends. But if I never try, I will never know. Fear has not kept me down in the past, and I don’t want it to keep me down now.
I have been given a life, as precious as it might be, and I am not about to waste it. Work is important, but there is such much more in this life. God gave us a world, and gifts and interests to explore. I am ready.
What activities has fear kept you from pursuing?