When I first started studying psychology, we learnt about personality. One of the theories was about the Five Factor Model of personality and it looked at the Big Five Personality Traits: Openness to experience, Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. Personality is not something that is set in stone. And one thing I have noticed is that my Openness to experience has definitely changed in the last couple of years enabling me to live a much fuller life.
Earlier I used to be quite cautious in many ways. Sure, I was curious when it came to my imagination or anything intellectual. But not so much when it came to experiences in life. I tended to prefer the tried and tested. But when I decided last year to get out of my comfort zone, it showed me a whole new world and a whole new me as I previously talked about.
I think though that in order to be open to new experiences, I needed to have an open mind as well as be an open book. I had to let go off my defenses and trust people. Show my imperfections and be myself. I am generally open-minded but I realised I needed to open my mind even more. To not be rigid about things I used to be. To not be a stickler for every rule I had made up for myself and my life. To live a little. This let me enjoy new experiences. Like karaoke for instance. Or travelling a bit more rather than just saving money for a rainy day. Or to just meet new people.
To really live my life, I have learnt that I need to be completely and utterly open. In my mind. In my soul. And in my heart.
And the experiences will come.
How open are you to new experiences? Are you an open book?
Until next time,