Why You Should Do Something You’ll Suck At

This is a College Crush favorite and it fits into our Get Your Sh#t Together series perfectly. This week it’s all about Spring Cleaning – and I’m not just talking about cleaning out your closet. Take a risk, do something you’ll suck at (read below for more of that), throw out the bad and bring in the good. Make 2013 your year, not because a fortune cookie tells you it’s your year, but, because you are making it happen! 

Last night I took a tap dance class. The last time I was tap dancing, I was eight years old and wearing a sparkly leotard and a cowboy hat. We danced to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and it was pretty awesome. However, that was then and this is now. I did not have high hopes for this class. I am not exactly the picture of grace. I lack rhythm in a big way. But afterwards, I felt amazing. On a scale of 1-10, my skill level was probably a six instead of the expected two. I got through the class and learned something new that I didn’t think I’d be able to do. It was a workout, which always feels good. Positive stuff all around.

The class got me thinking. I hadn’t done a huge thing–I didn’t exactly travel across the country on my own–but it was certainly a step outside my non-tapping comfort zone. It’s easy to accept familiarity as the norm. If you’re in a relationship, you’re comfortable with each other and your routine. If you’re single, you’re comfortable with your friends and activities. But doing something you know you may suck at is such a refreshing feeling. It’s a little bit awkward and you feel like a little kid as you struggle through it, but afterwards it brings on a new level of confidence.

Single or not, it’s always beneficial to change things up and bring the focus back to yourself for a minute. You want to keep improving yourself. Being static is boring and uneventful. This translates into your relationships. But when you continue to learn new things, push yourself (even if you may look ridiculous) and do something just for you, you’ll never be bored. And, as Marilyn Monroe once said, “It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

How do you force yourself to step outside your comfort zone, even if it’s just in a small way?

Tweet me @lifewithlauren1 or find me at Life with Lauren. 

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Proud Syracuse University alum. I work in radio by day, but at night I run my blog "Life with Lauren"( http://lifewithlauren.com/). I'm also a freelance writer and contribute to other terrific blogs (such as the one you're reading right now). I've been dating a great guy for three years. Our relationship started right as I was leaving to study abroad in London for a semester, so I write a lot about long-distance relationships. Find me on Twitter: @lifewithlauren1. Thanks for reading!