Why You Should Learn To Love Challenges And Live A Fuller Life

My 14-year-old son is a huge inspiration to me. He absolutely throws himself 100% into everything he does, and he permanently has a smile on his face. He's never had (and I hope he never will have) a down day in his life.

His hobby is YouTube, and he constantly records video to post on the site. The other day I discovered him covered in cuts, throwing himself around the garden on a skateboard, makeshift ramps everywhere.

When I questioned him, he said he was starting to film a series called "Learn to Love," in which he intends to experience things he's never tried before to see whether he has a passion for them.

I thought this was an awesome idea. I must admit I encourage my children to live as fully as they can each and every day, and after seeing me lose my mobility following a car accident, I hope they appreciate how precious life is. It dawned on me, though, that it had been a long time since I'd tried anything new.

I decided to borrow his Learn to Love idea. I trawled through the list of things I had stored on my "I will get round to trying one day" list, and although many of them are now off limits due to physical limitations (lesson: never put anything off) tomorrow, having never attempted to play an instrument in my life, I'm booked for my first piano lesson.

My challenge to you this month is to do something new. So often we get caught up in our little routines that life can become quite mundane. It's easy to lose the light from behind our eyes. There must be at least one thing you've always wanted to try but have never found the time (or the courage) for. Take a deep breath and go for it.

I'd love to hear how you get on.

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