So, I have the tendency to not like to try anything new. It’s probably because I have some sort of anxiety that always builds up right before I do something. I don’t really get out much, either, so trying something new just ends up being a difficult situation for myself and everyone involved. Despite this, there have been a few times where I have been able to try something new, whether I liked it or not in the end.
I rode my first “real” roller coaster this summer at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. I have difficulty breathing in high-wind situations, which is why I usually am not willing to try anything that will involve a lot of wind blowing on my face. However, I noticed that the coaster I wanted to ride, Wild Mouse (I think that’s what its called), was relatively tame and had no loops or harsh drops. Now that I think about it, the short line should have been a sign that I was going to hate it. Me and my friends, Olivia and Taylor, piled into the cart and got on the ride. It was terrible. It didn’t feel like a roller coaster, it felt like you were driving on a cobblestone road in the mountains, making the sharpest turns possible as you were barely held in by a lap belt. Needless to say, I didn’t ride anything for the rest of the day.
Another thing I tried more recently and actually liked was trying to like one K-Pop group. My friend, Delaney, is absolutely obsessed with K-Pop, while I generally did not like it. As someone who is Korean and is constantly surrounded by Korean people talking about Korean culture, you’d think I’d have exposure to more recent K-Pop music. However, before recently, the only K-Pop I had heard was back in 20011. I know for a fact music in 2011 is very different from the music now, both in Western countries and in K-Pop. Since my friend was desperate for me to try a K-Pop group, I allowed her to introduce one to me, which was 이달의 소녀, otherwise known in English speaking countries as LOONA. I actually kind of like it, probably because they have a wide variety of genres for each of their songs. I also find them to have the most interesting choreography and stage presence of all of the groups that I know of. So, now I like them.
I really do think trying things is great, but it’s really difficult to get started in trying something new. I really hope to try other things in the future, especially food. I am an extremely picky eater. I eat the same five meals every day, most that I have eaten since I was really young. I really would like to try foods from other countries, especially Korean and Hispanic food. They look really good, but I never try them because I’m worried that I won’t like it, even though the negative effect only really lasts a few moments at most. I really hope I can get over my anxiety of trying things and really start to expand my horizons in various ways.