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

It’s been a week since Fraser and I began our holiday and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so far!  I’m loving showing Fraser my hometown and familiar sights, and we both fell in love with Nashville for the short time we were there.  Even the scenic route we took on the way down was stunning, a lovely silver lining to the two hours the detour added to our trip.  We’re currently with my family in Florida and Fraser’s preparing for his first ever July 4th celebration, a day after roasting his first marshmallow and enjoying his first s’more!  Can you tell there’s a little theme here?  This holiday has been wonderful because of catching up with family and friends, but I’ve also loved experiencing a lot of “firsts” with Fraser.  And as I revel in the delight he finds in all the new experiences (seriously, you should have seen his face when he tasted a s’more last night) I find myself reflecting on my “firsts” throughout my travels.

One of the (many) reasons I adore travelling so much is having first experiences abroad.  Not only do they make for great stories; constantly learning through various adventures is one of my favourite ways to continue growing.  And although it isn’t always possible to travel to far-off places, you’d be amazed at the new “firsts” you can find in your own backyard (so to speak)!  Consider a new takeaway that’s opened in the city near you, or a hiking trail you’ve always been curious about but never ventured down.

Reading new books, taking an online open course, or trying a class in town are all great ways to incorporate learning into your daily life, but if you have a chance while you’re travelling, seek out even more opportunities.  After all, the world is too big to remain in your comfort bubble your entire life.  Figure out how you like learning the most-be it in a classroom or out in the world (maybe a combination of ways?)-and take on any opportunity to improve yourself through those channels.  You never know, you could stumble upon an exceptionally fun or delicious “first” to tell friends and family all about!

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to introduce Fraser to Budweiser, patriotic fruit salad and fireworks set to the soundtrack of America.

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