Hi there, I am always learning something. There is something in my life that I am just beginning, have been doing a while and then there are the things I am an expert at. As a coach I am working with people at various stages in their lives. Some have never been asked the questions I ask, given the challenges I give or had to do the work I assign. So they are basically novices in the process that I take them through. If I am not also where they are in some way I wouldn't be able to relate to them enough to help them move forward. It is imperative that I know what if feels like to need help, to stumble, to get back up and continue on. Life isn't about coasting, not much is learned on the downhill.
I understand that a lot of grown-ups like things that are familiar to them and strive for a life where that is all that surrounds them. They want a schedule, they want predictability, they want to be viewed as skilled. Being new at something does not make you look cool. You will stumble, you may fail at first and you most certainly won't be the expert or go to person if you are trying something new. You may need to ask for help also, which can be difficult for many grown-up egos. You may need to work really hard (compared to not having to work that hard at the things you have been doing for 20+ years) and you may not pick it up as quickly as you would like to or think you should.
Learning something new is like becoming a child again. It can be exciting, stimulating, brain boosting, and fun, if you let it be. You build new connections neurologically, you learn about yourself emotionally and psychologically and you learn something new in general. You also, as a by-product, become more empathetic to those who are not experts in the areas you are. You can relate to someone not picking something up quickly where otherwise you might just be impatient with them. You see yourself in others that are not where you are. Your compassion grows (or is born). Learning something new pushes you to be more of all of you… it reminds you of who you were, are and can be.
Being a novice is a fantastically humbling experience that I enjoy helping my clients relive. Being somewhere new gives you perspective you cannot get with the familiar. Challenge yourself, do something out of your comfort zone. This is where the great stuff is. You miss out on so much of life when you keep yourself shielded from being uncool, clueless and brand new. Life is meant to be messy and sloppy and colorful. Life is meant to challenge and change you. There are so many things to do, so many things to try, so much life to be lived. Try something new each day, week, month or year… you pick. Try something that challenges your expertise and your comfort. See how your life changes and becomes richer with these experiences and see how much closer you get to yourself as well.