It can be easy to get swallowed up by routine and not even realise it. Taylah Kleid gives us that much needed push to get us trying new things and overcoming boredom.
“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
Quit the jealously, let it be your fuel!
This is a question that probably stumps all of us a little. Like a small slap of reality that is the exact dose we need to remind us that perhaps we’ve been static for too long. Personally I am someone who needs routine to keep my mind at ease. Though it’s a bit of a Catch-22, as I also get bored of routine quickly - I begin to feel stuck. I want the best of both worlds. How does one achieve this? Keep moving, keep doing, keep trying new things.
Getting out there
Easier said than done, right? The hardest part of anything is getting started, making that move and pushing yourself over the line. Recently though, I’ve really made stepping outside my comfort zone and being proactive a priority. I can’t believe how good it feels! Now I can’t promise you all of the tricks will work magic but here are my tips that might help you go to that dance class, pick up that paintbrush, get on that plane or finally finish reading a whole book.
Writing things down is more powerful than you know. It can work in many ways. For me, list writing is godsend. Sit down and write a list of all the things you’ve wanted to do or try but are too scared of, or “don’t have time for”. Keep your pen in your hand, open your diary and actively choose a time - around once a week - when you’re going to do it. Write it down. Stain that ink into your reality.
You know those friends or acquaintances that you swear are really successful and are constantly doing cool things that you’re jealous of? (Yeah, I have too many of those). Quit the jealously, let it be your fuel! Ask yourself - ‘why do the people I look up to have the things that they do. How do they spend their spare time?’ Your answers are going to become your inspiration to try something new. Write it down, remember.
The Internet is a great thing - no one is denying that. When it comes to trying new things, browsing Tumblr, Pinterest and other blogs can spark ideas and be inspiring. This part is good but after a while you will find yourself entirely sucked into that browsing hole, hours have passed and you’ve kind of done nothing. Get off the Internet. Use it as a guide but then put your laptop away. You will never try anything new if you are just sitting on your computer, it’s a trap!
You might try something you’re afraid of, successfully complete that task and still realize you hate it. Guess what? Nothing bad happened, you just learnt another thing that you hate. Keep going. What’s the next dot point on your list? If Kanye has ever said anything insightful it was, “onto the next one!” The more you do, the more you will be inspired to keep pushing the envelope.
Now you may be asking: what envelope? Why do I want to push it? I can promise you that whatever you do, you’ll surprise yourself. With how easy it was, how fulfilling, how much it helps cure your boredom… hey, you might even discover something you love. Don’t thank this article though, thank yourself!