When did it become do weird to be a newbie?
No matter what we do in life, we’re all newbies at some point. In fact, I kind of wish I had that feel of a newbie in many things I did.
Be it geocaching, or disc golf, or online virtual worlds, or blogging, or anything else. Being a newbie is kind of cool.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always fun to be a newbie, such as when you are starting a new job. Those first-day, or first-week jitters are hard to overcome sometimes. In that case, as you feel things out, sometimes it’s difficult to be the new person.
But in hobbies and things like that? It would be really neat to bottle up the enthusiasm and excitement and try and sell it.
Let me give geocaching as an example.
When I started in the world of geocaching, it was amazing. I really enjoyed it and loved all aspects of it. I remember my first few finds. My first geocaching road trip. My first event. The first cache I placed is still active and I plan on keeping it active for as long as I can, mainly because it’s quite special to me.
On the days I’d go out geocaching, it was an excitement and an adventure.
I still love to geocache. I truly do. But that initial excitement is gone. I can still capture it here and there when I go on some fun cache runs with friends. But overall, it’s now a hobby I’ve done since 2008 and I enjoy doing. I just don’t get that newbie excitement I once did.
How about disc golf?
Talk about a fun sport. I really do like to play it. When I first started, I got really into it. I traveled to play. I played in tournaments. I was trying to do all sorts of things to improve and get better. Heck, I started a really good disc golf blog, made some great contacts within the industry and professional players, and loved going and playing.
Then it changed.
See, I got too serious. Despite not being that good, I’d get ticked off pretty easily when playing. I thought I should be able to do this or that. Add the fact that I didn’t live too close to a disc golf course and things added up. I quickly lost my “newbie” excitement and, eventually, I started losing interest in the game. When you don’t have places to play and gas is near $4.00 per gallon, it’s tough. And, remember, during that time I was unemployed.
The newbie feeling isn’t a bad thing.
Somewhere along the line, being a newbie became a bad thing. And I’m sure I’ve taken some “newbie” jabs, too. But… to be able to capture that initial feeling would be a wonderful thing one again. Try and keep that excitement and feeling as long as possible. And if you ever find yourself ready to pounce on a newbie, remember we were all there once.
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