One thing I'm bad at (at least personally) is expanding my own horizons. I love to experience new things, I'm just not good sometimes at seeking those new things out on my own. That's why I try to surround myself with different kinds of people who are interested in a variety of things: it exposes me to experiences I would not have otherwise have.
Take music, for instance. An old friend of mine that I've somewhat lost contact with is really into music. (Check them out: Monkey Farm Frankenstein
) One thing I always liked was that he and I had very similar tastes in music and I'd frequently get mix tapes from him that would expose me to a band or genre I'd not heard of before. However, since we don't talk much anymore, that's lost to me.
. I've bought plenty of songs off the iTunes music store, but what I look forward to every week is "new music Tuesdays." Every Tuesday I get an email from Apple highlighting new artists. And - most special of all - there's a link to the iTunes Music Store's free download of the week
. That's right: every week I get a new free song. I'll be honest, 3 out of 4 times, this music is garbage. But that other time? It's awesome. Some of my favorite songs lately have been free from them.
Then, after a bit of looking around one day I realized that Apple doesn't give away just one free song every week - it's usually two or three! There's the normal free download, but there's also the Latino download of the week and sometimes there's the "discovery download" - a new artist waiting to be discovered. So now I head here
every week to see them all listed. It's a great way to expose myself to new music, and I love it!