You Should Experience Change At Least Once In Your Lifetime And Here’s Why

I don’t know how you choose to celebrate the new year, but at my house, we watch the Rose Parade. It is an event which takes place in Pasadena, California each year. Similar to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in terms of network coverage and national tradition, the parade features marching bands and the occasional musical act, but unlike its northeastern relation, this parade relies on drivable “floats” decorated using only botanicals rather than on the same reusable balloons.

As I watch the parade coverage, I am constantly amazed by the amount of detailing that goes into each of these floats. Groups spend a year or more designing these displays, planning the look to the last petal. There might be a dragon that can bat its eye or a giant bicyclist who can tip his hat. You never know what you are going to see until it makes its way down the boulevard. Which is why I’ve gotten frustrated over the years with the trend in network coverage to skip floats in order to have more time to promote their Spring line-up or break for the millionth commercial.

So this year, I decided to do something different. I decided to watch the Funny or Die / Amazon Prime’s coverage (affiliate link) of the event hosted by Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon under the guise of their fake personalities, Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan.

The coverage was a satire, though the joke was on hosts like themselves rather than parade participants and what made me chuckle the most was a bit they did on New Years Resolutions.

At the beginning of the parade, they talked about the resolutions they’d set for themselves for 2017. Tish’s, for example, was to “put herself out there and let the universe be her guide.” They talked about their relative success. Tish’s felt she’d really taken that risk and grown as a person by attending a wine class. Then at the end, they announced their resolutions for 2018.

They were EXACTLY the same, delivered in a blissfully unaware deadpan voice.

Were Amazon to bring these characters back next year, you can imagine only too well they would be discussing the same resolutions as well as the same results year after year. We can imagine it because when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, that’s the sort of thing so many of us in real life do too.

We resolve to lose the same 15 pounds or eat less of the same junk. We resolve to spend more time on our personal interests or travel more as if by the stroke of midnight on Jan 1st, we can suddenly invent more hours in the day or money in the bank. We tell ourselves it didn’t work last year, but it would this time because this year was different – we were different.

It’s not entirely a lie either. We ARE different. However, the difference usually comes down to one thing – we are older. The rest is pretty much the same. Thus ensuring that the next time the end of the year comes around we will find ourselves in the exact same place we are at its beginning.

Which brings me to my point. In order to truly be anything other than simply an older version of ourselves, we have to be willing to make a significant change at least once in our lifetimes.

I’m not talking about a change in hairstyle or taking a new route to the job. Something significant. Something that challenges what you’ve done before and what you think you know. Something that involves a risk and is guaranteed to make an impact.

Whether that impact will prove to be good or bad, only time will tell, but one thing is certain – you will not just be older after trying, you’ll be wiser too.

To that end, I’m making a few changes of my own this year.

For example, this year, I am inviting other to occasionally add their stories to this site and have added a page under my About menu detailing my instructions for those interested in participating as guest writers. It is my way of saying thanks to those who have similarly helped me by way of paying it forward.

If you have a story in you about a risk taken, a new venture, or an event that set you on the path you find yourself on today, I would encourage you to reach out in the coming weeks.

Because big changes aren’t as scary when we resolve to make them together.

So here’s to trying new things as well as a happy new year.

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “You Should Experience Change At Least Once In Your Lifetime And Here’s Why

  1. Neat idea, Allie Potts! Nothing is immediately coming to mind, but I like the theme. Well, the whole public speaking tv thing comes to mind b/c that was ca-ra-zy! but sadly that was last year. Poo! What to do this year has yet to be seen. Sorry I missed that funny or die. I may have to look for it!

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  2. I think I would have enjoyed the Amazon comedy, Allie. I’ll look for it next year. And you’re right that risk-taking, stepping outside our comfort zone, can bring great rewards. The addition to your blog sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m certain of your success. Happy New Year.

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    • It was very entertaining in its dry delivery. Tim Meadows played a version of himself as the ground reporter. I’m definitely hoping for a repeat next year if only for the lack of commercials.

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    • Hilarious is probably a bit of a stretch as it was still parade commentary and they were respectful to the effort extended by the participants, but it was still entertaining.

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  3. But I love my cocoon of sameness. I have popcorn and chocolate, and I can wear my pj’s all day. Okay fine, I’ll add another book to my to-read list this year. How about yours? I think my resolution this year is to read some books by my fellow bloggers. (I’ll start on that as soon as I finish playing Mass Effect)

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    • Hmm, popcorn, chocolate, AND pj’s is a pretty awesome combination and hard to walk away from.

      If not for my kindle, my to-read pile would be visible from space by this point, but I only added five new books to it over the holiday which is just plain wrong. I’ll be looking to rectify that soon.

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  4. I love this idea! As you know, I am planning on a major change in my life this year. I might just reach out to ya. 🙂

    My brother and his wife live near Pasadena and actually attended the Rose Bowl parade in person for the first time ever this year. It looked like quite the show!

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