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Variety is the Spice of Life

I'm challenging you to do 5 new things this summer. Seeing a tractor pull should be on your list.

There’s a saying that my family likes to use around my house. Variety is the spice of life. It’s a saying we use whenever we are trying a new food, activity or a new television show. It helps my wife and myself to remind my children to try new things and not to be afraid to try new things. I’ve even said those words in my own head a few times to remind myself to try something new. It helps me push through and not be afraid of the outcome of trying that new things. In fact, more often than not, I find that I enjoyed whatever I tried and wind up looking forward to trying the next new thing.

Trying new things can be tough. I think our human nature tends to lean towards what’s safe. And what’s safe is usually something we are familiar with. Whether it be walking the same routes, hunting the same locations or playing on the same golf course. We feel safe doing the same things over and over again and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, there is something to be said about being able to relax doing something you love doing and knowing what to expect.

Trying snowshoeing for the first time was a great experience.

There are certain things I’ve done year after year for over 20 years. I enjoy doing them and that’s the reason I keep doing them. But sometimes a thought creeps into my mind that I should try something new. At first, I don’t really pay attention to it and go back to doing what I’ve always done in the past. But slowly the thought of doing something different returns and grows. It keeps calling to me until I make a hard decision on whether or not I should try this new thing or not. When I do succumb to the new idea, I find myself wondering why I didn’t do it sooner.

In recent years, I’ve been thinking about all the things I do during the summer each year. My family likes to go to parades and we find we go to the same parade year after year. We enjoy the balloon rally held in Wausau each year, and go to a lot of the same areas for hikes. Again, we enjoy these things and look forward to them. But I can’t help thinking about some of the things we could be missing out on. After all summer is a busy time of year in Wisconsin. There are so many festivals, events, car shows and only a certain amount of time. It’s impossible to see or get to everything. But who is to say you need to get to them all in the same year? Why not spread them out over a bunch of years. Making plans each summer to see and do something new. Add a little variety to your outdoor season this year and ever year.

Car shows are a great activity if you've never been to one.

That’s why I’m challenging you, as well as myself, to try at least five new things this summer. Five new outdoor door activities or adventures that you’ve never done or always wanted to try. It can be as simple as finding a new place to fish or running a 5k that you’ve never run before. Maybe you’ve always wanted to go camping or visit a certain state park. See a car show or show a car that you own. Attend a truck and tractor pull. Or go canoeing on a lake as the sun is coming up. Whatever idea or an event that has crept into your head I encourage you to get out and try it this summer.

I’m not saying you should stop doing those things that you love doing each and every summer. There is definitely something to be said for having summer traditions. Wisconsin is rich with traditions and keeping those family traditions alive and well is important to share with new and old family members. What I’m suggesting is adding a little spice to your life. Allow yourself to get out of your comfort zone and experience something different that Wisconsin has to offer.

We all know that summer goes by faster than any other season in Wisconsin. Making the most of it should be a priority. Make this summer the summer you added variety to your life and try some new things. Like I stated early, my goal is to try at least 5 new things this summer and share with you those experience and hopefully encourage and motivate you to try something new this summer as you head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.

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