The only way to ensure that our lives don't get stuck in a repetitive rut is to keep them fresh and exciting.
We do this by infusing them with new experiences. That can be anything from traveling the world to taking a different route to and from work each day.
We are creatures of habit who tend to get stuck in our comfort zone, conditioning us to live each day in "rinse and repeat" fashion.
While a little routine is to be expected, we shouldn't feel as if each day is a rehash of the prior one. If, at the end of the week, you can't remember a single thing that distinguished one day of that week from the other -- if the entire week seems like a big blur -- that's a telltale sign you may need to spruce things up a bit.
And no one says injecting some spontaneity into your life has to be expensive. The key is to do a few little things here and there that deviate from the norm. That alone can shake up our lives in a good way, breaking the routines and patterns we grow so accustomed to.
Here are some examples:
- Never eaten sushi before? Thai? Why not try out a different kind of food -- perhaps in a remote part of town you've never frequented before?
- Do something you've never tried before with your partner or friends. Perhaps you wish to try your hand at riding horses or scuba diving.
- If you always read fiction novels, why not try non-fiction? You might just like it.
- Learn a new hobby. The sky is the limit. Maybe you'd be interested in learning how to play the guitar, cook, or learn a new language.
- It's never too late to make new friends who can help facilitate these novel experiences.
We get so wrapped up in work and other responsibilities that we sometimes forget to actually live life. Let us never lose sight of one key fact: life is short. We should strive to make the most of every day we're given. Why wait until tomorrow if you can start planning a new project or adventure today?
Adding variety to your life is like adding a touch of salt to a meal -- it makes a huge difference.