By now, those of us who have made New Year resolutions (about 70% don’t bother) have broken at least one of them. Inertia, after all, is a powerful force.

What if, instead of attempting to reinvent ourselves, we simply resolved to try ONE new thing each month in 2020? Challenging ourselves and each other to try just one new thing each month could ease us out of the winter doldrums – to discover a new passion – or new friends – or new sensations.

The key word here is “discovery.”

Discovering new talents we didn’t know we had. Discovering new tastes. Discovering new and fun ways to move, and feeling stronger and better for it.

Thanks to our SCRD Recreation Department, there is a wealth of new experiences just waiting to be discovered in its catalogue ( including ElderCollege courses. Our local Seniors Centres offer everything from Beginners Bridge to Scottish Country Dancing. The Gibsons Public Market and its Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre (NSMEC) also offer classes, demos and lectures. Never visited the NSMEC? There’s always a first time.

Even for the chronically sedentary among us (that would be me) there are opportunities for “firsts.” The Sunshine Coast Film Society ( just rolled out the upcoming season of very affordable indie and foreign screenings. Or book into Powell River for the Valentine’s weekend (Feb. 14-16) and take in their Film Festival ( Inertia may encourage us to slide into the convenient excuse of “Oh, no, I’m too old for (fill in the blank).” This is how we get stuck firmly in our comfort zone, with our mental brakes on. We are each of us capable of shining the light of newly acquired wisdom into the corners of our lives.

A new year always feels like a fresh start. So let’s refresh ourselves by committing to trying one new thing, or engaging in one fresh experience each month, and see if this doesn’t add a new energy, and new excitement, and new possibilities.

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