Last Thursday I went out for burgers with some of the fabulous RT South Office team. We tried a new burger joint called Shady’s. And the burger I got was definitely shady – beef, chorizo, grilled jalapeños, and cheddar cheese. I knew as I took my first bite, bad things were going to happen.
After nearly throwing up on the car ride back to the offices, I had to down some coffee. I was sleepy. I approached the Keurig carousel which houses all our coffee varieties. I could have reached for my beautiful Caribou blend which I always enjoy, but I had to try that one K-cup that nobody had tried. What if it was the best thing in the world?
It wasn’t. Yucky taste, dehydration, indigestion, and a headache. That’s how I ended my day. Stick with me, this is going somewhere.
I don’t often experience such a horrible sequence of events. This was a disaster of experimentation. Disasters do happen. But more often I discover amazing things when I branch out. I choose the unknown over the comfortable. Even though I have a favorite menu item, I always branch out. Even though I know one way home always gets me there more efficiently, I have to chart a different route.
It’s exploration. And I know my life is more full and exciting for it.
I get to meet new people, experience new flavors, see new sites, and occasionally deal with unfortunate stomach results. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.
We have to be willing to explore. Find the thing that scares you the most and approach it. Try new things. Embrace new things. Seek out new things. And even when you get unfortunate indigestion, keep trying.
We must be willing to explore. Our experiences are what inspire our art.