An Introduction to One Year of Firsts

30 Dec

One year of firsts….

When we are children, our lives are full of firsts: first steps, first grade, first wish, first kiss, first love. There seems to be an endless stream of “firsts”.

At some point, though, there are fewer “firsts”. We forget what it’s like to discover something new.

After a while we tend to lose our childlike curiosity, leaning more toward what we know and what we’re comfortable with. We order food that we know we like. We wear clothes that are the same style we’ve worn for years. We see the same people every day. Work is “Groundhog Day”. We vacation in the same place every year. We wrap ourselves in the familiar to avoid the discomfort of change. We attach ourselves to our habits, (good and bad), and our usual ways of doing things.

And then we stop growing.

We forget that “firsts” are like fresh air, fresh life. We forget that “firsts” are deliciously awakening. We forget how a “first” feels, the way your brain hums with satisfaction after a new experience.

And so I’m starting an experiment: a daily, yearlong experiment in search of “firsts,” large and small. Every day I promise myself I will seek a “first”. I will try to say yes to something I’d normally resist and reject out of fear of going out of my comfort zone. I will share with you what happens every day as I “first” my way through 2010.

I may need some inspiration and help, so please talk to me! Share your “firsts” with me. There are only a couple rules: 1) nothing self-destructive or harmful to others 2) a first can be something you haven’t done in over a decade. Let’s face it. If you haven’t ice-skated since you were a kid, doing it as an adult is like a first.

So here’s to firsts! One year of FIRSTS. Witness my FIRST entry to my FIRST real blog. Ha. One down. 364 Firsts to go.

4 Responses to “An Introduction to One Year of Firsts”

  1. Jackie Morlock January 4, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    —take a trip to Casper,Wyoming!!! ((that should be number one on your list))
    —take a dance class! Like Salsa or hip hop/break dancing….
    —Memorize a monologue that really speaks to you and recite it infront of the web cam…or write your own monologue…
    —Ride the duck downtown…or some other tourist thing in the City of Philadelphia…what haven’t you experienced in the city of philadelphia where you’ve spent so many years living.
    —You may have done this in the past decade but volunteer at a soup kitchen or go play scrabble at a retirement home.
    —Go downtown and play some kind of instrument or do some kind of fun trick like you see people out doing who are trying to get some extra change….
    —Go skiing or on a hike or camping ((i think you said you’ve never been camping))
    —don’t curse or swear for one whole day!
    —don’t spend any money for a day!
    —update your facebook or twitter status every time your daily activity or task changes.
    —carry a camera (video or picture) with you all day…documenting the course of your day and what you did…then post them on facebook or this blog…*in the order that the events took place* (That could be your blog for the day and people would still know what you did!)

    **I’ll think of others…I have to get ready for our 10:00 show**
    I LOVE your blog by the way. It’s a great idea….The polar bear plunge had me cracking up…We watched it here in the newsroom 🙂

  2. Lex January 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    haha Jackie I already put her down for one day without any cursing, but I gotta say the last idea is AWESOME, about documenting her whole day…that’d def be an accomplishment for her. I also love the money idea 🙂

  3. Lu Ann January 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Great ideas Jackie. keep them coming. And give me some good blog critiques…..

  4. Kelly January 5, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    I just went to the Mutter Museum! Ugh-gotta check this out if you haven’t already!!!

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