Having a new experience doesn’t require having fun. The point is being able to see the world from a new perspective. It’s to add on to what you’ve already acquired throughout your lifetime. Of course we planners visualize these perfect moments with joy and laughter and silly little family games. But those things are bonuses along with the new experience. Paulo Coelho says,
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
It’s important when you’re experiencing new things that you welcome all moods and levels of enjoyment and engagement. The experience is still going to happen whether everyone is enjoying it or not. It’s all about trying new things, going on new adventures, and figuring out what doesn’t work. You may even ask what would work better next time. Or you never know what connections you might make in the future from what you thought was an experience that everyone hated.
Have you had any new experiences lately?
We went out as a family to try one of those fancy drinks that have dry ice and gummies in them! It was quite the experience.