A friend who retired recently told me she has a goal to do something new every day. So far she as visited Central America, learned how to open a bottle of champagne with a butter knife and gone zip lining, so she’s off to a good start.
Why not expand our world a bit, stretch our minds? Why not improve our “skill set,” as people call abilities these days?
Trying something new could be reading a new author, learning a new dance step, visiting a place you’ve never been before. It could be browsing a new store, traveling down a new street, learning how to use a new Smartphone app, learning a new language. It could mean getting artsy. Go to the movies, see a new play, take an art class, skip over to a new radio station, visit a new exhibit at the museum.
A writer friend says every story is a food story. Your “something new” could be ordering something different off the menu or trying a new recipe. It could be dining at a restaurant where you’ve never tried, ordering a new dessert at your old faithful. You could pick up the latest copy of Southern Living, check out a cookbook from the library.
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman pushed new stuff to the max in the hit movie, The Bucket List. The 2007 hit movie depicted the two actors about to “kick the bucket,” so they circle the globe to see the Great Pyramid, Mount Everest and Hong Kong. Nice if you can afford it.
I don’t have an actual bucket list, but I do have some things I hope to accomplish—a few research projects, writing projects, cleaning closets and drawers, organizing my scrapbooks and photographs…and visiting Norway. I wrote in my diary when I was thirteen and the thought has stuck with me. Visit Norway. Part of the realization was riding the Maelstrom attraction at EPCOT in—you guessed it—the Norway pavilion. It’s a ride I can’t get enough of. A gentle rollercoaster boat with splashes in mini fjords, views of big oil rigs and Vikings, narration with a Norwegian accent: “You are not the first to pass this way, nor shall you be the last. Those who seek the spirit of Norway face peril and adventure but more often find beauty and charm.”
On a hot day in Orlando, Norway’s air conditioning is worth the wait in line. This ride is a good substitute until the real thing comes along.