Steeplechases, Asheville, and My First Port-a-Potty Experience: Why You Should Say Yes to New Things

Unconsciously, 2016 has become my year of saying yes to unfamiliar stuff and I’m loving it. My natural tendency is to keep things in my little bubble. I like to be safe and comfortable. This means you can usually find me in the same few neighborhoods drinking the same drinks or going to the same concerts. Yet I’ve realized that now’s the time to sprinkle in random adventures here and there. I’m not married. I don’t have kids. Why not try something different? There’s only a certain period in your life when you can do something totally spontaneous and out of character and see how it goes.

A few weeks ago I went to a birthday party at a cabin in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. I’m not shy about the fact that I think nature is disgusting and scary, so the whole situation immediately catapulted me out of my comfort zone. We traveled down tiny, winding, unpaved roads to get to this cabin. My friend and I got our car trapped in the narrow driveway of a very disgruntled, Confederate flag-loving family. I strapped a headlamp to my forehead and ventured into the woods of North Carolina to attend a bonfire and shove S’mores into my face. To say I was out of my natural habitat would be an understatement. Here’s a video of me pep talking myself to go face whatever snakes/roaches that might come my way:

Normally I’m all about the couch, major highways, and being as far away from the possibility of an encounter with insects as possible. Yet it ended up being an amazing trip and I’m glad I (reluctantly at first) agreed to go.

This past weekend I went to my first steeplechase, finally achieved my dream of wearing a fascinator like Kate Middleton (and played Flip Cup in it, nonetheless) and used a port-a-potty for only the second time in my life. Another series of totally new experiences for me, and I loved every second of it. Okay, didn’t totally love the port-a-potty element, but you get the point. The ends justified the means. I mean what’s not to love about dressing like this?

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Turns out saying yes to stuff you wouldn’t normally do is a lot of fun. Being at your favorite bar with a group of your closest friends is relaxing. Knowing who’s going to be there and what types of snacks you can expect and what the schedule of events entails is fun, but occasionally you have to just jump in and see what happens along the way. Go meet new people. See places you’ve never been. As long as there’s no full-fledged camping involved. Then saying no is totally fine.

 

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