Cheyanne Beaumont | Editor
I’ve always been told I’m extremely opinionated and have a tendency to be stubborn. I try to think of it more as I know what I like, and that I tend to stay within those boundaries. However, over winter break I decided to push myself to try new things.
One thing I did was go ice skating for the first time, which is probably not what a twenty-something afraid of breaking a bone should do. Yet, I traveled down to the RiverRink in Philadelphia, laced up skates, hugged the wall for an hour, and hoped for the best. By the end of the night, I was wobbly skating on my own. I had done it! Something terrifying and new turned out to be something fun.
Another week, I decided to pick up a different genre book, romance. On a typical day, I’d roll my eyes and keep walking. But I saw “You, Again” by Kate Goldbeck and decided to give it a try. It’s not Haruki Murakami, but I read it in a week. Now instead of rewatching a 2000s romcom, I can just read a novel and let my imagination have all the fun.
I also challenged myself to cook, eat, and experiment with new foods and flavors. I tried tomato and cumin salad, cooked a brisket, baked bread, made entremets, and all for the first time.
The purpose of all of this is to motivate you. I don’t regret anything I did over the break, and it makes me only want to try more things. There’s so much out there to explore. As students, it can be hard to get out of our comfort zone, but I’ve learned that the payoff is worth it. I hope you can experience that too.