We have heard the expression that “variety is the spice of life.” It’s true. Who likes doing the same thing over and over again, eating at the same old places and experiencing the same old things over and over? Life can get rather monotonous and even at times somewhat boring. Even changing the landscape or experiencing a new place to eat can change your mood or mindset almost instantly.
While it is easy for all of us to become creatures of habit and stay with the familiar or comfortable, change doesn’t usually happen doing the same things over and over. It also doesn’t happen by limiting our circle of friends or associating with the same old people. If we want some different things in our life we have to be willing to change it up a little.
To get different results we have to be willing to do some different things to get those different results. We may be lonely or bored, but without venturing out of our routine to meet new people or even start a new hobby or pursue a new interest, we may stay stuck in that lonely or bored place.
Sometimes people want to change but they don’t know how to start or begin. Well, when you think about it, in today’s world, there is not much excuse here. We have the Internet and instant information at our fingertips. We can find just about anything we need to find on the web from meetups to clubs, associations or even group outings.
Here is what I do know. Change is not coming to you. It is going to require some initiative and effort on your part. It may require stepping out a bit and trying new things. The good news is that you don’t always have to spend money to experience different things either. On social media, you often see free events listed all the time. People that experience more joyous lives seem to be people who are always interested in having new experiences. They want to learn something new and develop as people. They aren’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone and take a little risk. You don’t have to begin with a huge leap. Even a small step forward will help.
The world is full of beautiful people, interesting places and amazing life experiences. Why limit yourself by living on an endless circular path that just repeats itself over and over again? I say it is time to change it up a bit. For variety really and truly is the spice of life!
(Excerpted from the book Living A Great Life by Janet Daughtry.)