I haven't played volleyball since I was in high school, and even then I wasn't the captain of my team, (if you know what I mean). A few weeks ago, a girlfriend and I went to a drop in game being hosted at the local rec center - we had a blast! We were slightly intimidated walking in seeing everyone warming up in their 'volleyball-esque' looking gear (i.e. knee pads) but we stuck it out, and I'm so glad we did.
It reminded me of being young again, how new everything always was - a new skill, a new friend, a new place, a new sport - everyday we did something that was scary, and forced us to step outside our comfort zone. As adults, I think we tend to gravitate towards things that we know - we know what we like, we know what we don't, we know our strengths, we know our weaknesses and that knowledge ends up dictating our lives.
We hear about how good it is to step outside our comfort zone all the time, but given the opportunity we usually pick what we know, not what we don't. The challenge, pick something that you've always wanted to try, maybe painting, learning a language, or even volleyball, and challenge yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone. Learn a skill, make some friends, and be bad at something again. You'll be surprised at how rewarding (and fun) trying something new can be, trust me (just be careful if you pick volleyball, I forgot how much I disliked it when someone spikes the ball, particularly at my head!)