“Don’t allow your rituals to become ruts.” -Todd Henry
This quote really struck home with me. I have been struggling for the past six(ish) months with the feeling of being stuck. Part of it has to do with my constant urge to adventure and move but it also has to do with my unfortunate lack of change. And part of it has to do with the lives of those around me that seem to stand stuck in time.
I think we as people get stuck in a rut and we don’t know how to get out. It’s like a roller coaster you can’t get off of. I’ve watched so many people, some of whom I love dearly, live the same day over and over for decades. They say they’re happy and content but for some reason, it’s hard to believe that living a life of repetitive rituals can be pleasing and fulfilling.
When we live these kinds of lives, we don’t have new experiences, we don’t meet new people, and we don’t grow. Part of being human is growing. Without new experiences, we become stagnant and if we’re being honest, boring. Some of the most boring and unhappy people I’ve met are the ones who have 9-5 jobs, never leave their home town, and have had the same daily routine for the past twelve years.
Get out of your comfort zone and try something new! It can be small like taking a new route to work or huge like moving to a new country. Doing things that are new and different cause us to adapt and change. We need to change to become better people and new people. Who really wants to be the same person and do the same things until they die? Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life (I don’t remember who said this but if you do, let me know!)
I challenge you to do something new everyday. Maybe try a new coffee or go for a hike instead of your afternoon run. Whatever it is, break out of your rituals and try something new.