Today’s feature post is about buying food in bulk, without the packaging. Trisha Walker of The Simple Year shares her story of buying meat and loading it in tupperware container. I actually had no idea this was even an option. While that story is great, and worth sharing just for that, she shares a little tidbit a few paragraphs down that is a homerun lesson for every person considering downsizing, minimalism, or anything that is counter to “normal”.
Trisha shared the courage it took to ask the meat counter lady to package some meat in a tupperware container:
As for the courage part: It was hard for me the first time to put myself out there. I had seen someone else do it, so I knew it was possible; it was just asking that was the problem. It turned out to be less of an ordeal than I’d expected. And every time I ask, it gets easier. Also, the benefit of going to the same store all the time is that the people who work there know you. “Oh, right, there’s that crazy tall lady with her container. Yeah, pop that up on the scale.”
Yes, yes, yes – this is a message to pay attention to. File it in that part of your brain titled “Very Important Life Lessons.” The courage to try something new is very important as you move away from all things normal and into areas where your actions or behaviors are outside of the norm.
One example in my own life that really stands out to me, is when I started biking to work. I don’t live in a bicycle friendly town, and in fact it’s rated one of the more dangerous in the nation. “Normal” people don’t use bicycles as transportation in my city, instead they are used on weekends as a hobby. The first day I set out on my bicycle commute to work, I was really nervous. I had a million questions running through my mind – How long will it take? Will I be too sweaty when I get to work? How hard will it be to navigate traffic? and the biggest – What will people think when I tell them I rode my bike to work?
When you are accustomed to car travel, bike travel is a weird experience your first coupe of times. Even sitting and waiting for the light to change or crossing streets felt intimidating. One day I decided to go for it. I didn’t even make a practice run, I just decided to give it a try one morning. The first few times felt weird, but then it became normal (to me).
Getting over that courage hump is the path to a new normal. The courage to try is the first step. Don’t overthink it, just try it. The worst that can happen is you are told “no”, or you find it doesn’t work out. Even then, you learn something, and can try something else.
We would love to hear your stories of “The Courage to Try.” Share a time where you needed courage to try something new. You can share in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.