I enjoy eating Japanese food. Tempura, yakisoba, tonkatsu, miso soup. Pretty tame if you ask me. When I would eat out with my friends, they would order sushi. I couldn't justify eating raw fish. I feared the taste and getting sick. After I got married, my husband and I had dinner at Crazy Sushi in St. Peters. He also had never tried sushi. We decided "what they heck, let's give it a try." So we dug in and we have loved sushi and sashimi ever since then.
The point in my story is that you don't have to fall into the rut of doing the same-o, same-o. Life does not have to be boring or consist of doing things that we consider to be "safe". Our biggest enemy in trying new things is our own fear. Give yourself the opportunity to expand your world. The world has so many things to offer to us. You never know unless you try. Even if you don't like it, you can tell yourself it's ok and move on.
Linda Luecke, MA, LPC