Increasing Age and Appreciation

The older I get, the more I find that I appreciate almost everything. I remember in the past, there were a fair few foods which I strongly disliked and would always avoid eating. These days, other than my vegetarianism, I will happily eat pretty much anything – and I’ll like it too. I was pickier about the games and books that I liked too – I kind of got bored of gaming in general around the ages of 18 and 19. The same goes for movies and just about every other thing that a person can do in their leisure time.

It even extended into my social life. The types of people that I liked to spend time with was a considerably smaller number than it is now. I’d interact with the same small number of friends and that would be fine. I remember once saying to a friend, after she recommended an opportunity to meet new people, that I already had four friends and so that was all that was necessary.

Looking back, I don’t know why I used to be so much more rigid. But these days, I know that it’s best to just enjoy the many different things which life has to offer. I’m a little bit regretful that I wasn’t more accepting of new experiences when I was younger. Reflecting on the matter, I think I might know why.

When I was younger, I had an idea of what I liked and what I wanted to do – this was based on my limited life experience. I knew I liked this or that and so trying anything else felt like a risk. A risk which wasn’t worth taking. However, as the years went by, doing the same things in the same ways over and over, I think I started to realise that this would start to get boring. I realised I needed to try the diverse range of experiences that life had to offer and once I’d done this once or twice and found that I quite liked it, I kept going.

Perhaps, in the past, I lacked the confidence to branch out. Perhaps that fear of the unknown was too great and as age has brought more experience, that fear of the unknown has shrunk. Either way, the older I get, the easier I find it to adapt and enjoy pretty much anything.

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