What If You Had Never Tasted Chocolate?

If you are a person who cannot eat chocolate for some reason, or you do not like chocolate, then think of your favorite food. What if you had never tasted it?

How dreary would life be when you need some comfort food, or something to make you feel better, if you did not have your favorite foods, music, books, poetry, or whatever your favorite things happen to be, to brighten your day? What if you had never discovered the things that have become your favorites? What if you had never known about them, or how much you would enjoy them?

Can you imagine your life without your favorite food in it? Can you imagine your life without your favorite activity in it? What would your life be like without your favorite music or books in it? Imagine if you had never even known about all of the things you love, and that you enjoy most.

Why am I beating this subject to death? Why am I asking you to imagine these things? Because if you had not tasted your favorite food the first time you would never have known you love it. If you had not tried your favorite activity that first time, you would never have known how much you enjoy it.

If your mother had not insisted you practice the piano, you might not be the musician you are today. If your mother had not insisted you take music lesson when you would have preferred to be out playing baseball or soccer, music might not be the important part of your life it is today. For some people it may have been drawing or painting lessons that seemed tedious at first.

Most of the things you love and enjoy would not now be a part of your life if you had not tried them that first time. Some things would not be a part of your life and adding to the quality of your life, if you had not stuck with them.

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Sometimes You Have to Learn and Practice Something Before You Can Enjoy It

For some of you it may have taken more than just the first taste or the first attempt at a new interest or activity. It may have taken more than just a single experience for you to realize how much you enjoy that activity or interest. It may have taken time to learn and/or practice for a while before you could truly enjoy it, or it may simply have needed time to ‘grow’ on you.

As time passes and we gain more knowledge through life experience our view of the world changes. Things that seemed so important in our 20s seem silly, or irrelevant in our 30s, or beyond. Things that we hated as children we sometimes come to love, and value, as we get older.

There are some things that we just know without question that we would not like and so it makes sense to avoid them. Activities like jumping off a high building, stepping in front of a speeding train, or setting oneself on fire seem like things one could reasonably expect to be unpleasant.

Likewise French fried tarantulas, fried blood, tuna eyeball, or codfish sperm, may not appeal to your appetite. When we are positively certain beyond any doubt that we would not like something it makes sense to avoid it.

There are a gazillion other things, however, that people can do that may initially seem like they would be too difficult, or even scary. Yet if we try them, we might discover we enjoy them, and that we actually have a talent for them in some cases.

The point is that if we never taste a particular food, we will never know if we like it. If we never try a new activity we may never know if we will be good at it, if we have a natural talent for it, or if we will enjoy it.

Another Reason Why Universities Have a Core Corriculum

One of the reasons universities have a core curriculum is not just because they want their students to have a well rounded education, but because they want students to be exposed to new things to the extent that students will learn if they have an interest or a talent in that discipline.

It is very common for students who declare a particular major when they initially enroll at a university, to change their major to something else about halfway through their academic careers. That usually happens because the students have discovered new fields of interest they did not know they had until they took their first class in that subject. A class the student would never have taken if it were not required by the university in order to get their degree.

Similarly, parents must sometimes play a roll by insisting that a child become familiar with things like playing an instrument or participate in dancing lessons, children’s theater, or a children’s sports program.

If a child continues to seriously hate the chosen activity after several months it might be good to consider a different activity, but giving new things a try can be beneficial no matter how they turn out. Try to find an activity that interests your child to begin with, and keep tabs on whether or not your child is good at whatever it is.

Some things are beneficial even if a child does not stick with them for more than a few months or so. Every experience for all of us is a learning experience.

An Amazing Video of Accomplishment

About Stacy Westfall

Stacy Westfall is deaf and mute and has ridden the horse in the above video for only 3 weeks! The song playing as she and her horse perform was dedicated to her father who died just 24 days before this performance.

Stacy has been training this horse for a client for only 3 weeks using a method previously used by North American Indians. She uses no saddle or halter, and since Stacy can neither hear nor speak, uses no voice commands.

Stacy Westfall is an example of what a person can achieve when they put their mind to something with determination and refuse to allow handicaps to stand in their way.

Everyone has handicaps of one sort or another, some more serious than others, some physical, some emotional or intellectual. The question is, what will be done about them? Will they be allowed to block the way? Will they be used as an excuse for not trying? What if Stacy had never attempted to train horses and instead fell back on her handicaps as a reason to not even try?

We can all do more than we think we can, but as Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” He meant that your own beliefs, and especially your belief in yourself will determine what you are capable of.

Try new things and give them a real try. Not just a half-hearted try for a few seconds or minutes. When the going gets rough, buckle down and try harder. The people who most often succeed are not geniuses or necessarily people with more advantages than average. They are people who refused to give up, even in the face of strong competition and difficult odds.

Try Something New -- Take a Chance

So jump into life and try new things. Encourage your children to do the same. Set an adventurous example for your children -- taste new foods and try new activities. You do not have to be a college student or a young person to try something new.

You may find that you hate whatever it is, but you might also discover something new that will add a great deal of pleasure and/or satisfaction to your life. If you never try it you will never know what the outcome would have been. Teach your children that same lesson.

Especially think about those interests you have that you imagine you could never be good at. Give them a try. A real try. Don’t just try it for 5 minutes, but like students at the university, give it a real try putting in your best effort for 15 weeks or so. Learn something new and change your life.

Think about it. What if you had never tasted chocolate?

© 2012 C E Clark

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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading/commenting/voting/and sharing this article! I agree that it usually makes sense to try new physical things when you're young, but I think as long as one's mind is sound it's not to late to try more intellectual things. I didn't even like math until I was in my 30s. I think some things actually come easier with age. It depends on the person.

Back a few years when I was attending the university one of my psych professors talked about one of the studies done with twins. The twins were separated and grew up away from each other in this particular experiment. One was allowed to develop at his own pace, the other was pushed to develop faster. To learn to climb stairs sooner, for example.

The one that was pushed to learn sooner had all manner of difficulties and frustrations and according to the study, actually 'mastered' the stairs at about the same time as his twin brother that had been allowed to develop at his own pace. So trying to force the one twin to learn faster really didn't work out very well because he wasn't ready. When he was ready to learn, he did learn successfully. All the frustrations had been for nothing.

We all develop both mentally and physically at our own pace, which may or may not be similar to the pace of others around us of the same age, etc. I think sometimes we aren't necessarily ready to learn certain things and if we wait a little while it will come easier. A natural ability may even kick in.

I'm not suggesting we allow children to wait until their 30s to learn basic math because we can't be sure they will ever take an interest in that case. Plus they will need those skills before they reach their 30s. All I know is that suddenly balancing a checkbook was easy. I was accurate far more often than my husband, who had more education than I. In fact I always got it right, but for years before that I struggled with it. It was as if someone installed a chip in my brain and suddenly it was a snap.

Emerse yourself in the arts that interest you. Why not? What have you to lose?


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Paul Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is an interesting and very useful hub. I agree that if you don't try something, you will never know if you are good at it. You must try new things when you are younger, because they will be much easier to learn than when older. This applies mostly to physical skills like learning how to play golf or tennis. I wish I would have tried more of the arts when I was younger in college. I didn't really gain an appreciation for them until now late in life. Voted up and sharing with HP followers and also on Facebook.


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing your new experience and for sharing this hub! Hope you are enjoying spring! :)


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

Happy Easter to you today and may your days ahead be paved with many blessings. As to being adventurous, that is partly true. Curiosity and liking to learn about things is also part of the equation. Yesterday my hubby and I visited a place in Houston that we have passed by on the road for countless years but never went in to truly walk around and take a look. It was our Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. They have 5 miles of walking trails and except for the pathways, it is left as nature intended. It was fun to experience. Sharing this hub of yours one more time.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for coming by and taking time to comment RoadMonkey.

Most people had indoor plumbing when I was growing up, but we had an outhouse -- a 2 holer. We had a pitcher pump just outside, no running water in the house. I was 4 when we got cold running water in the kitchen, but still had to heat water on the stove for washing dishes and baths in a porcelain wash dish.

I was 5 when we got hot water and 9 when we got an indoor bathroom -- toilet, bathtub/shower, etc. I was 11 when we got a telephone -- literally about 20 people shared the line. Our ring was 4 longs and a short.

We had a wood stove that went out every night until I was about 8. I grew up in central Wisconsin, and those hardwood floors bleached white from all the years of scrubbing got pretty cold by morning when my mother would start a fire. We had an oil burner for a few years after that and central heat when I was 12.

It was an old one room school house before my father decided to make it into a house. Some of our partitions dividing the rooms were just furniture lined up next to each other.

I remember going without a lot of things even when they were available and other people had them. Even so, compared to a lot of poor people today, we were rich. At least we had a roof and a lock on our door, etc. So many people today have no idea how lucky they are to have those things and just take them for granted.

Yes, if one never tries anything new they may be missing something really fantastic and never know it. Thanks again for taking time to read . . .


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for commenting and voting on this article, and especially for sending the angels.

Yes, like I said, the length of a semester is a good test to try something that requires time and patience to learn so that one can get a true feel for it in order to know if they like it or not. If after that time one hates whatever it is (or just dislikes it intensely), then it's probably time to try something else. Agree that children should be allowed to follow their own interests and be who they are.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

KMSplumeau, thank you for reading and sharing this article! Learning and experiencing new things is what keeps life interesting!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading, sharing your thoughts on this subject, tweeting, pinning to AH, and for sharing with followers!

I know you are an adventurous person, Peggy, because of all the wonderful articles you've written about travel and artists and other things too! Yes, if one never tries new things they may be missing some of the things they would have loved most if only they'd tried.


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RoadMonkey 22 months ago

I can certainly imagine life without some things, after all, I didn't have a computer for the first 30 years of my life, or a mobile phone. It's hard now to imagine life without these, yet my grandmother never even had a landline telephone her whole life. If we never try something, you are right, we will never know just how much we might like or dislike it. I am VERY glad I had my first taste of chocolate, I love it but I try not to eat it very much these days because my weight does NOT like it! LOL.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

I definitely agree that children should be provided an opportunity to explore an area that they may not think they would like. But they should also be allowed to bow out of it if it is something they really really do not like. Sometimes parents force kids into areas of interest because it is something they favor and not because it is of interest to the child. I saw that happen time and time again when I was still a teacher of children.

Aufait....I enjoy reading your hubs every time I visit. You always have interesting and though provoking topics.

Voted up +++++

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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KMSplumeau 22 months ago

Great article. Sometimes I think we all need that reminder that some of the best experiences in life start at the end of our comfort zone. Definitely sharing, thank you.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

What you wrote 2 years ago still rings true today and probably always will. People need to be open minded and try new things and learn from those experiences. Life can be exciting from start to finish if one has that mindset. Will share once again as well as tweet and pin to Awesome HubPages.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for sharing your thoughts, voting on, and sharing this article. Stacy is truly an amazing young woman.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, this is like the "Call of the Whippoorwill" where I go to hear the calm, soothing sound. I come here to watch the amazing feats of a Stacy. Stacy is amazing, and sometimes I come here just to watch this young deaf girl ride the horse she trained.

Voted up UABI, and shared.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for coming by and commenting and voting on this article! The video IS awesome, and is an example of someone trying something that she couldn't know in advance if it would work or not -- and she surprised everybody.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for sharing this article. Hope you've had a chance to watch the video. It's truly inspiring.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, this needs to be shared again for Valentine's Day.

This is a wonderful hub and everyone who is afraid to try something new, no matter what it is need to read this and get a new perspective.

The video is so awesome!


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

Just another quick share for the week before Valentine's Day! Great breakfast in bed idea!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for commenting and sharing this article! One must be responsible but brave to discover the things that give the most meaning to their lives.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

I love your advice in this article about encouraging your children to try new foods and be adventurous. We all need this reminder. I'm resharing this with my followers!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Indian Chef for reading, sharing your thoughts, and for voting on and sharing this article on HP & Twitter!


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

I totally agree with you Au fait that we need to push our-self to new limits. When we stop experimenting and pushing our self, we stop growing. We may fail or achieve our goal is not the purpose but we should try. Very interesting Hub. Sharing it on hubpages and twitter. Voting it up, useful and interesting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this article. I think trying new things is a good way to discover things you love, like chocolate. There may be a lot of things you encounter that you don't like on the way to the ones you do, but even that is educational.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Thanks for the interesting article. I know that when I go new places or try new foods, sometimes things don't seem "right." However, by being patient and open-minded, trying new things can really expand your horizon. I'm so glad that I have tried chocolate. In fact, I think I like it a little too much!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Shryon.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rasta1 for reading and commenting on this hub. Learning and doing new things keeps a person young.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

An excellent thought experiment. New experiences also expands the brain physically and improves overall intelligence.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I will try new things.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron for stopping by. Always appreciate you! I'm so sorry you can't enjoy chocolate like most of us can. But, this hub is really about trying new things to discover things we love that we would never know about if we didn't try new things, so maybe you can find something through trying new things that will be far more enjoyable than chocolate!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

If I had never tasted chocolate, I would not know that it is a migraine trigger.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Tillsontitan, appreciate your input on the 'exclusive titles' issue. I've looked at a few of them and rejected them in favor of my own a couple of times. I didn't see the advantage of using them, but that's not to say there is none or that none of them have any advantage, but I didn't see any in the little experience I had with them. I think we would all love for you to write about your experience with them when you get the opportunity. I appreciate your sharing your views on them with me and in this comments section for those people who like to read comments like I do because they often have little jewels of value and knowledge in them.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I don't see any benefits in Exclusive titles so far. They seem to do about the same as my own titles. They are often a challenge as they go off in different directions. I'd love to write a hub about them but that's not one of the Exclusive Titles right now ;)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Tillsontitan, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have you used the "exclusive titles?" Do you think 'exclusive titles' are more beneficial than other titles? What has been your experience with them? Maybe you'd like to write a hub about it! :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

The Apprentice Program is step by step....picking things up along the way and getting hints from your mentor and other apprentices (if that's a word). Right now only hubs with Exclusive Titles are allowed.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron! White chocolate is good.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

tillsontitan, thank you for stopping by. What do you think of the apprentice program? What have you learned? I'll be watching for your hub answering those questions!

As for the link, the honor is all mine!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting, voting and sharing this hub! Horses are often HUGE and I know lots of people fear them in part for that reason. It is always good to have respect for what animals can do. I love horses too, and learned how to work with them. They're mostly big babies, but they all have their own personalities and dispositions just like people do and I recommend always wearing steel-toed boots around them. Accidents can happen any time and it isn't necessarily because an animal was being difficult. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! Thank you for sharing too. The video really is amazing and I thought it was a good example of what people can accomplish when they really try. So glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Arun Kanti, thank you for reading & commenting on this hub! That is exactly what happens to so many people. Not trying anything new often means missing out on good stuff! Happy New Year to you also!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I'm flattered! So much so I linked my hub to yours....Sorry I've been missing, the Apprentice Program has kept me busy but I'm trying to cathc up.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Tillsontitan, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, and especially for the fantastic votes and share. I'm so glad you watched the video too. I think a lot of people skip that and it is so inspirational and well worth the view.

I've linked this hub to your hub "How to Try Something New for Personal Growth," which I've just finished reading a few minutes ago. I think our hubs compliment each other very well, so I hope you don't mind the link.

So nice to see you here again! Hope this year will be the happiest and most prosperous for you of all!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

livingsta, thank you for commenting on this hub and especially for sharing! Glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

rajan jolly, thank you for your comments, votes, and especially for sharing! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and that you understood its point so well. Think of all the good things we'd be missing out on if we never tried anything new and never challenged ourselves to learn new things! Hope 2013 will be a healthful and prosperous year for you all year long!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I agree with trying new things. My family owned horses, I tried my best to ride horses but I just couldn't. I love them I think they are beautiful but to me they are scary. I was always so shy and scared of every thing when I was a kid and an adult. I made sure our kids tried different things.

Voted up on your hub and shared.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Great hub, Love Chocolate, if I could have it without the migraine.

White Chocolate and Carob are the next best thing.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This gets all the up votes except funny. What a great hub. That video of Stacy Westfall riding that horse without so much as a saddle is absolutely AMAZING! Brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful!!! Proud to be sharing this hub with others. The premise of this hub is correct. We may never know what we are missing if we never try things, and that would be a shame.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

Your message reminds me of my childhood when without tasting some foods I would avoid them only to lament later to find the same tasty and favourite. I am with you on this point that we should try out new things to find out what suits us. Meanwhile, wish you and your family a happy new year


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

What an original and amazing hub Au fait! You're right, I'll never eat tarantula's no matter how you prepare them, but I practiced eating broccoli everyday until it became one of my favorite veggies. Experiment, and try new things, every day.

The video you picked is one of THE most inspirational videos I have ever seen! I cried through the whole thing at the amazement of that young woman!

I voted this hub up, useful, awesome, and interesting...oh, and shared.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful hub, thank you.

Voted up and sharing!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is something I totally agree with. We need to constantly expand our horizons so to say. Because unless we try out new things we will not know how good they are for us.

Wonderful message which I'm sharing too and voted up/awesome.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, so glad you got the main message that one should eat as much chocolate as possible. THX for stopping.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy eating chocolate and can't imagine ignoring such a lovely treat


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, vespawoolf, for reading and commenting on this hub! Glad you enjoyed.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a nice look at a profound subject. We need to be adventurous and try new things, and encourage our children to do so too. Good reminders! Thanks so much. Great video.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

I just added the video a couple of days ago because I thought it was so inspiring. It was sent to me by a dear friend and I wanted to share it! Thank you Shyron for stopping by . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Love the video, and the hub is awesome, voted that way.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake for reading and commenting on my hub! I'm glad you learned to drive. So often learning new things opens new doors. Start with small things and as they work out well for you, move on to bigger things . . .


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you sgbrown for reading, commenting, and sharing! Glad you enjoyed and I hope everyone who reads this hub will be inspired to try something different that they've always wanted to do!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

No French fried tarantulas for me, ever. I always wanted my kids to try new things because I never did and I think I missed out on so much. It took all I could do when I was 24 just to go to driving school and learn how to drive. Anytime I have tried new things it seems to work out good but I'm still not good at it. Interesting hub voted uP!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I always encouraged my kids to try different foods. I gave up on hubby! I like trying different foods and activities. I never realized that about the core corriculum. That is really a very good idea. Great hub! Voted up, interesting and sharing! :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Nicole S for commenting on my hub! Perhaps the solution to your craving is more activity -- something exciting that will take your mind off the chocolate for a while. ;)


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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

My life would be a lot easier if I'd never tasted chocolate. Then i wouldn't crave it all the time!! lol nice hub here


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

I love stuffed cabbage! One of my mothers-in-law used to make the best Armenian stuffed cabbage. She got the recipe from an Armenian friend. It was the best. I have the recipe, but oh what a lot of work it is to make!

Thank you for reading and commenting, Shyron!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Great hub, always up for something new, not chocolate, tried that, got a major migraine.

Comfort food? I think stuffed cabbage. I don't make it often, takes to long.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

algarveview: Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub. How a food is prepared can make the difference in whether someone will like it, so that even if they dislike raw carrots, they may love them steamed and buttered. This is difficult to get across sometimes, especially to children. Even if they didn't like something previously, they may love it prepared a different way.

Food is the obvious 'new' thing to try, but sometimes teaching children (and learning oneself) that new activities or products may be something enjoyable or useful can be the bigger challenge.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Angela, thank you for reading and commenting. You know if you had't given marriage your best effort it would be among your regrets. I often wish I had taken a different road too, and skipped marriage completely, but then I would have always wondered about a lot of things -- now I have the answers! A shame we don't get to live our lives after we've learned life's lessons . . . ;)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Brett, for reading, commenting, and sharing. I think trying new things and learning new things keeps people young in spirit. I've heard learning difficult new things especially, can ward off Alzheimer's Disease.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

molometer: Thank you for reading & commenting.

I think if you were doing well before it could only be better with knowing what you know now that you didn't know before, even if it isn't music related. Experience affects everything in our lives.

Nothing to lose by giving it a try . . . Go for it!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Au fait, totally agree with you, we have to try it to know if it's worth or not, if we like it or not. It makes me absolutely mad when I show something new ( a food or other) to someone and they just frown and say: I don't like it! And know they haven't even tried it. With my children I'm always trying to show them new things, new experiences new foods... I don't expect them to like everything, but at least they know what it is and they can say exactly why they don't like it... Voted up and interesting and sharing! Have a great day!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

That last line threw me -- I can't even imagine never having tasted chocolate. I can, however, imagine refraining from marriage. I kept thinking I'd get good at that -- 'cause I really wanted to -- and failed miserably every time. With age, I now find I probably was never meant to be married anyway -- but I tried it...and tried it...oh, well, now I just regret the things I DIDN'T do! Great Hub! Best/Sis


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I agree completely, everyone needs to keep trying new things, as it does us good to get out of our comfort zones. As you say, even if you don't like it, the experience itself is often still something that is good or useful.

Up, interesting and sharing.


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molometer 4 years ago

Hello Aufait,

The weird thing is, that when I went to university. I had 3 kids and was 27 years old.

I was going to study performing arts (guitar). During the audition stage.

It dawned on me that I could play the guitar pretty good already, but the future was in computers. So I switched degrees.

25 odd years later. I have has a career in new technology and teaching.

I still hanker after the music in me, and wonder should I pick up the guitar again?

After reading this I just might. Why not. There are plenty of musicians older than me still gigging?

Thanks for this motivational hub. I'll have to start practicing again.

All the votes and sharing.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you christin53, for reading and commenting on my hub, and for deciding to follow me! Chocolate is a staple in my pantry and often among the other foods in my basic food group!

Did you happen to notice that the man jumping between the rocks was not photoshopped? The photographer said he made the jump 3 times to make sure the picture came out right! I'm not sure we have to go quite that far to try new things, but a lot of things are both worthwhile and safe. ;)


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

I couldn't agree more how can you know if you will like or not like something if you don't try it. I couldn't imagine life without chocolate I have to eat some every day :)

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