New Year New You!
If we go over our daily routine, we’ll find a lot of
repeated actions. We tend to do the same
things, watch the same things, go to the same places, and eat the same
foods. But what if we tried something
new to shake things up a bit? As we make our resolutions for 2018 – let’s
commit to making at least one “fun” resolution.
Not everything has to be a sacrifice! Traveling to a new destination, taking up a
new hobby, or even experimenting with new cuisine might be just what the doctor
ordered. With another year of opportunities, let’s analyze what the benefits
might be of “thinking outside the routine.”
- Discover something new about yourself. A lot of times we pigeon hole ourselves more rigidly
than anyone else can for us. We’ve
decided that we’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to fly, can’t stand
spinning, or is a terrible cook. But
what if we sidestepped our own pre-conceived and outdated notions of ourselves? What if decided that we really do like to
cook and vow to host a dinner party for friends at least once per month? Wouldn’t that spark our creative juices and
help us discover a side of ourselves that we didn’t even know was there or was
so well hidden as to be invisible.
- Fear be gone! When you get to a
certain age you feel in some ways stuck, but in others rejuvenated. Don’t dismiss that little spark inside of you
that says, “who cares if no one else wants to take a cooking class in Paris, I
do!” There is nothing stopping you from
ticking off a bucket list item or trying something new except false evidence
appearing real (otherwise known as fear).
But you have the tools to fight your fears and that is by committing
yourself to trying something new. Enjoy
that cooking class across the pond! Bon
bored? Not a chance. It’s sometimes hard to admit to ourselves that
we’re a little bit bored by the same old routine. We feel like we should be grateful for every
single molecule of air we breathe because so many are struggling for
oxygen. Just because we want to try new
things and our regular activities feel stale, doesn’t mean we’re not thrilled
to have our lives, our health, our families, or our friends. We need to give ourselves permission to want
something, well, different. If that
means a new hobby like skydiving, so be it.
As a matter of fact, breaking free from the same old same old, might
give us a deeper appreciation for the wonderful things we have.
So don’t wait one more minute. Take a trip around Google and see what there is to do and see and eat and drink all over the world. Try that new restaurant. Strike up a conversation with someone you see all the time but have never spoken to. Invite those friends over for a home cooked meal. Unleash your creativity and discover another piece of your soul. It’s a new year and that means 365 opportunities to make the most out of your life. Be brave and go for it!