This post has been too long in coming. Since my last post I haven’t done much of anything new, other than bacon on pizza and use the Arc Trainer at the gym. Nothing momentous I know…
Here’s what I’m finding out: doing new things requires getting out of ruts, routines, and being willing to go beyond your comfort zone. It’s not that I’m leery or fearful of new things, my issue is I enjoy structure — My life currently is work, working out, managing the health of two aging cats, and assisting my eighty something mother as much as possible. All that requires planning, routine (structure). This doesn’t allow for much time for exploring new things. Which is forcing me to evaluate my day to day and look for ways to get out of my rut, because we all know the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth!
Complacency with our day to day leads to very dull and unfulfilling lives. Have you ever experienced a moment when you asked yourself “how did I get here?” Life passes so quickly. We sleep, eat, work, fill spare time with errands, TV, surfing the web or playing video games, day in and day out. We “live” for the weekends, and vacations — Then back to the “rat race” or the “daily grind”. This isn’t how anyone wants to live but we get caught up with making a living instead of living. Scary right?
How do we rise up out of this self-inflicted (rut/grave)? Awareness, take notice of you’re daily routines for a week and write them in a journal. Then do something different once a week even if it’s taking a different route to work. Take a walk in the park, encourage friends and family to join you on a bike ride or take out your old 35mm film camera and see if you can remember how to shoot film.
When I first started this task I understood it might be difficult. What I didn’t realize was that I’d be discovering “new things” about myself. Which is far more valuable than trying avocado ice-cream don’t you think?
What’s new with you?