When was the last time you did something that wasn’t part of your normal routine? When was the last time you took a risk and tried something new, and I’m NOT talking about broccoli or asparagas?
We are critters of habit and we can be BORING! Look at your daily walk through and you’ll see what I mean. Usually, and I realize there are alterations, exceptions, and this doesn’t apply to everyone, the routine is something like this:
* Beat the alarm senseless with vile words, thoughts of violence against all things alarm clock related.
* Perform the Herculean task of sitting up.
* Engage in various stretching, yawning, and scratching as you stumble blindly toward the bathroom.
* Spend a few moments wondering where you are and who is that horrific beast staring at you.
* Realize that you’re staring into the mirror, wipe the mirror hoping the beast will change into something better.
* Take care of the various evolutions and toddle off toward the coffee pot.
* Perform the remaining 3 s-steps, while wondering what you’re going to wear.
* More coffee.
* Perform the sniff test on the shirt and smile you can get by with another wear.
* Look into the mirror and make your final adjustments.
* Realize your underwear are on backwards and flip a coin to decide whether to fix them or let it go.
* More Coffee.
* Grab the briefcase, top off the coffee, and head off to work.
* Bored Meetings (yes, that was intentional), Memos, Reports, Clients, Return Telephone Calls
* Lunch, More coffee
* Finally get around to fixing the underwear issue.
* More Coffee in preparation for the 3 pm energy slump.
* Respond to e-mails, sign off on files and reports, put files and reports in “TO BE FILED” box.
* Get in car for the drive home, and wait in traffic as some bonehead has decided that SLOWER traffic should NOT move to one lane, but should race to see how many others can get backed up behind them before the road rage begins.
* Change clothes. Think about the laundry that needs to be done. Put it on list marked “Tomorrow”
* Eat dinner.
* Doze off with the television on “The Big Bang Theory.”
While there may be variations of this ritualistic peek at the daily routine, we are creatures of habit. Most of us are anyway. Here’s the good part, we don’t have to be. Understand that I’m not suggesting, even remotely, that we should live our lives in total chaos. But a little chaotic behavior is not a bad thing.
Life is, after all, an adventure….and you only get this one turn on the ride. Take some chances!
Instead of simply following the road, make your own path. A path only becomes a path by traffic.
I have a Bucket List (see my page marked “Bucket List”) but I have several things I’d like to try:
1. Spend a week with no plan, no schedule, no itinerary, in a place I’ve never been before (but want to visit).
2. Collect a shot glass from every state and any countries I can manage.
3. Learn how to take photographs that don’t include my fingers.
4. Visit Licthtenstein. I just like saying that name.
5. Yell “MOVIE” in a crowded Firehouse.
6. I would say, “learn to sing opera” but that’s pretty much not going to happen. I don’t even sing well in the shower or the car, so opera is out of the question.
7. Help someone discover that life is fun if you let it be. Confucius said, “Life is simple, it is we who complicate it.”
8. Try a beer from every microbrewery in the U.S. and Canada.
9. Be able to spend a year writing a book that people would want to read.
10. See a flashmob do the Time Warp in Grand Central Station. (Yeah, I’ve still got that song bouncing around my cranium).
Why do we make life so boring and routine? Why must we get in a rut? Is it for comfort or is it because we don’t know any better?
LIFE IS SIMPLE! LIFE should be an adventure. When I come to the end of mine, I want it to be because I’ve truly lived all the life out of me; not because I gave up and quit living.