Monday, September 30, 2013

"unsticking"

The older we get, the more comfortable we get.

We get set in our ways. We aren't willing to try new things. We don't want to embark on new adventures. We do things, not because we want to do them, but because they are "safe" to do.

We take the same path to work every day because we know the end result. We know exactly how much time it will take us to get from point A to point B, with or without traffic. We eat at the same restaurants because we know the quality of the food we are going to get. We live a life much like Groundhog Day.

We get stuck. And once we get stuck, it's hard to get un-stuck. It's hard to remember what it's like to let go. I'm guilty of it. Terribly so. Hence this blog post. I've been deep in thought lately, worrying about big changes that may be in our future instead of looking forward to the new possibilities. It's time I push my worrying ways aside and begin looking at life with a new filter.

Therefore, I'm challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone at least once a day for the next month - and hopefully beyond. It could be something as small as saying "hi" to a person I don't know in the break room. It could be taking a new route to work. It could even be something as ridiculous as dancing in the rain.

Whatever the case, it's time to step out of my shell and start challenging myself.

You're more than welcome to join me.

4 comments:

Leah Campbell said...

I love this idea!

It Is What It Is said...

There is definitely a monotony that comes with the stability of life, especially when there are young children in the home.

That said, and even though I'm not in the best place now, I do try to change things up as often as possible (trying new eateries or going to a different SB or looking for new ways to connect with other moms or offering a hand to someone in need). All those things help me feel better, more grounded, more connected, less staid.

So, I will join you and will cheer you on.

aryanhwy said...

Funny. As I've grown older, I've grown more confident, both in myself and in my abilities to do things, and so I've found myself doing things I never would've imagined myself doing -- like flying to South Africa (from the Netherlands) with a 13 month old. Or moving first to one foreign country (NL) and then to another (Germany). Doing this forces me out of my comfort zone regularly, but I made the choice to do so and I benefit every day from it. The reason I bike the same route to work every morning is that there isn't anything that beats the view of the castle on the side of the mountain across the river, sometimes with clouds lacing it, sometimes with the sun shining on it, sometimes with shadows. It's great. :)

This Foxy Mama said...

I hate that feeling of being stuck in a routine. But I also think that it might be part of what made my transition to motherhood so hard - ML and I had been together for so long, in our routine for so long, that adding another person to the mix threw everything into disarray. Finding the 'new normal', the new routine that included all three of us. It been almost two years and I think we are there.

ML and I are planning to take our first night away next month. I am SO excited, and yet so nervous that we don't 'waste' the opportunity to step outside of our day-to-day routines and really experience the time together. Planning ensues... :)

Good luck with your experiment this month! I'm sure that you'll find it really rewarding :)

xoxo Foxy