do something for the first time

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

lululemon by the ocean

I was reading on the ferry on my commute to work when these 12 words literally jumped off the page at me. When was it, yesterday? Last week? Last month? I sat there, mulling over what kind of a leader I was (or wasn’t) being in my own life.

Relief came when I quickly realized the answer: yesterday. It may not be a Nobel-prize worthy accomplishment, but I was pleased and comforted at the thought that yesterday I did something new for the first time. What was it, you ask? I floated. Silly-sounding? Yes. But when you’re a sinker like me, who has always inhaled to her fullest only to have her feet, legs and hips slowly pull her under, floating for the first time is spectacular!

Having grown up surrounded by freshwater lakes, I recently moved near the ocean, where the salt water was only too happy to support me! And so I floated, looking up towards the blue sky as the calming blissful silence of the sea held me up.

One could argue that it's kind of silly (or even embarrassing) that a girl, who just celebrated her 30th birthday, was excited about learning how to float. I thought about how this achievement could relate to my life.

So many of us float through life, and many of us feel ourselves sinking when the pressures of our day become overwhelming. I couldn’t help but wonder: is it about ‘floating’ through life or ‘growing’ through it? If we pretend that we know it all, aren’t we just missing out on all the learnings and wonderment that come along the way? What if we looked at life as an adventure instead of getting caught up in the daily grind?

Get up today and do something for the first time – no matter how big or how small.

Alexis from our Store Support Centre recently did something for the first time. Check out her blog post, "If You're Guilty and You Know It..."

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Thanks for this. I needed to read it today.

Comment by Vilija — March 30, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

I love this blog!! I’m really excited for whatever new thing I choose to do tomorrow for the first time.
What book were you reading on the ferry??

Comment by Gillian — March 30, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

Hey Gillian! Ironically it was one of our lululemon training and development books! Gotta love us for continually pushing eachother outside our comfort zones and to continue challenging ourselves daily. In the words of someone we all know… Do one thing a day that scares you!

Comment by Christi — March 30, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

I recently did something for the first time too! I flexed my creative muscles and attempted painting. I went big and bought a 2′X 4′ canvas and went at it. It hangs in my hallway as a reminder that perfectionism is overrated (nevermind paralyzing) and my painting skills, like my character traits, are a work in progress.

Comment by Elissa Joy — March 31, 2010 @ 9:53 am

Thanks for this. Brings clarity to where I am in life.

Comment by Katie — March 31, 2010 @ 11:58 am

I recently tried surfing for the first time. It was tough, but fun and I did make it up. Not bad at 40 years old.

Comment by Melanie Ofenloch — March 31, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

Very cute, thanks for keeping it fresh.

Comment by thomas — March 31, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

Just recently I found out I could do the exact opposite! I found out I can sink. Because I was overweight I had trouble staying at the bottom of the pool, I would float back up no matter how hard I tried. Lately I have lost a lot of weight and now I can sink! I was pretty pleased with myself in the same way that you are pleased to have finally floated! Funny to see someone who has done the same thing, only in the opposite way!

Comment by Katie — March 31, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

Tomorrow, I will be watching the Cove for the first time at SFU, also meeting Mandy Rae Cruickshank and Kirk Krack (the freedivers from the movie)

Happening tomorrow at SFU, and it will be absolutely amazing.

Comment by Brendan — March 31, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

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