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This…. is my first post.

Since it’s my first post, I’m going to write about some “Firsts.”  Noooooo, not the “firsts” that may be going through your soiled mind, but “firsts” in general.

Starting something new’s not always easy.  In fact, starting something new can be downright paralyzing, for a few reasons.

For example, fear of a million things, like failure, embarrassment, rejection, etc.

Or guilt.

Or lack of self-confidence.

Or lack of interest even.

Firsts can be exhilarating!  They can take our breath away because of the sheer newness of the experience.  For me, jumping off a 40 foot cliff into the crystal blue gleaming water down below.  I kept my shoes on.  That was my only true security in the whole event. Was I glad I did it?  At first I thought I was going to DIE.  Literally, the thought crossed my mind as my weightless body careened toward the welcoming lake surface.  Even as I took a running start, the thought of death loomed. It didn’t last long, but long enough to get the adrenalin coursing through my veins.  5 seconds and a wedgie later, I popped up to the surface and let out a piercing swine-like shriek, indicating to everyone around within a 50 km radius that I was indeed alive.  Completely exhilarating!

Firsts can be paralyzing.  As a member of Toastmasters, I will never forget my first speech.  They call it the Icebreaker, but I call it the ballbreaker (hopefully that does not offend anyone).  You have to talk about YOURSELF for 3 to 5 minutes.  Do you know how excruciatingly HARD it is to talk about oneSELF?  Well, some of you may be experts at it, I don’t really know, but for ME….?  Let’s just say it was tough to get the first words out.  Completely froze.  For a good 10 seconds.  10 seconds is a LONG time to be silent in a room full of people.  Try it sometime.

Firsts can be motivating!  Remember your first kiss?  Nuff said. First bike ride?  First swan dive?  First dance with a BOY/GIRL?  First baby?  First car you ever owned?  Tell me the endorphins aren’t dancing around up there.

Bottom line, dear readers, firsts can elicit a gamut of emotions and sensations.  But without firsts, life would be pretty mundane, and we would not be able to move on, develop, grow, make mistakes, learn, refine, hone, tweak, and sometimes even perfect that which we hold dear.

So, the next time you’re about to attempt a first, remember the great ones that came before it.  Remember the energy, the excitement, the beauty, of feeling fully alive.

Onward… and Upward!!!