They say that every time you try something new, your brain forms new connections. Therefore, every time a new taste swims across your taste buds, you drive in a new direction, you take the plunge and finally learn how to surf or play the mandolin....well, you are strengthening your brain. And in my opinion, you are doing more than that; you are living. I try to keep this in my mind constantly so that I can consciously bring more vitality and neuronal connections into my life.
Last weekend I tried a concord grape for the first time. Is it strange that I am 30 years old and have never eaten one? I'm not sure. I bought a box of what looked like beautiful blueberries from a farm stand, and when I referred to them as blueberries the farmer took the time to show me how to eat a concord grape. It was a new experience and a new taste....and a new texture rolling around my mouth, which I have to say kind of bothered me. But, I loved the whole process of gently squeezing the fruit until the inner goodness beneath its skin popped through, then feeling for the pit in my mouth and spitting it out. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the slow pace at which the farmer introduced me to concord grapes.
So try something new today! It will do you good.