What’s Something You Wish You Had Tried or Been Introduced to a Lot Earlier?

I saw this question posted on Facebook the other day, and I liked it. I found myself being influenced by the answers I saw on the original thread, so if you want to ponder it for yourself, I’d recommend pausing before reading my answers.

Here’s a few things that came to mind for me:

  • Indian food: I don’t think I ate Indian food until I was in my early 20s. What was I thinking? Naan and chicken tikka masala are so good. I could probably expand this category to a variety of ethnic foods, but this was the first one that came to mind.
  • English Premier League and Champions League Soccer: Growing up, I played a LOT of soccer. But even when I heard my coaches talking about top-tier teams, I never watched them play. I really wish I had, both for the entertainment factor and to help my development as a player. It wasn’t until my 20s that I started watching highlights of these leagues, and its one of my favorite things.
  • Two towels: This is one of the most recent concepts introduced to me that has legitimately made my life better. Did you know that you can have more than one bath towel? I sure didn’t. A few years ago a friend told me I should have two, and it’s been glorious.
  • Magnifying mirrors: I was dating a girl about 6 or 7 years ago who had this magical mirror that magnified your face when you got close to it. It’s amazing! Especially if you have a lot of weird, random facial hair (me, not her). I now have one mounted to my bathroom wall.
  • Whole sandwiches: This is a notorious story in my family. When I was in elementary school, my mom made my lunch, and she’d make me a half sandwich. However, I didn’t know it was a half. That was what I thought a whole sandwich was. So when I started making my own lunch, this is what I made, even though my middle school and high school years when I really could have used some extra calories (like I said, I played a lot of soccer!).
  • Cats: If you read my blog now, you might think that I’ve always loved cats. Truth is, I thought I was allergic to all animals until my mid-20s when I started dating a girl who owned a cat. As it turns out, cats are a pretty great fit for my personality, and I’m constantly delighted by Biddy and Walter.
  • Sex: I don’t want to get too explicit here, but to give you some context, I grew up with some very distorted ideas about sex and sexuality, and it took me a long time to unlearn them (and then learn what sex/sexuality is to me in a healthy way).

I was trying to think of a movie I didn’t watch until much later than other people (or a TV show, podcast, etc). I’m sure there are plenty, but none came to mind. I’m so sure that I’m missing some good stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll return to this topic.

Can you think of anything you wish you had tried or been introduced to a lot earlier?