The Reason your Life Feels Seriously DULL (and some really simple ways to fix it)
A few years ago I embarked on an adventure.
It was a pretty big deal at the time. One of my more adventurous adventures. A MAJOR shift.
Back then my life was a carefully created comfort zone. My job was a means to an end but generated enough income to keep me treading water. Comfortably.
A previous business (ad)venture had left me in debt. Which meant no surplus cash for playing. Or fun.
And I could have stayed there. In that comfort zone. Treading water.
It felt familiar and safe. No unexpected surprises.
But it also became stagnant. Predictable. Uninspiring.
Yet, I started to notice the scent of “possibilities” in my midst. I began to feel stirrings of excitement, eagerness and anticipation. And it gained momentum. Pretty quickly.
Yup, change was imminent.
So, I took a deep breath, put on my Big Girl Panties, and jumped.
I quit my job. Sold my house (and most of my belongings). Then I moved to a small town in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Heaven.
I found a cottage on a wine estate and embraced the adventure. My new life.
For the first time ever, I was completely and absolutely FREE. No rules. No responsibilities. No dependents. No-one else to consider.
I was finally debt free too! Brilliant!
Comfort zone be damned! I loved the “newness” of my life. New environment. New career. New people. New opportunities.
And I’ve been thriving on that for quite a while. I’ve “stretched myself” in new ways. I’ve had a lot of fun, tasted a lot of wine. I’ve met loads of new people and formed some solid friendships. I’ve also explored the mountains and surrounding towns.
And over time, life became peaceful. Mindful. More simple.
It’s all EXACTLY what I wanted. Until recently.
Because it’s now become my norm. It’s what I experience every day. And that feeling of sameness is creeping in.
Yup, it become my new comfort zone.
I still love where I live. And my career. But I’m feeling the need for more. More excitement. More newness.
It’s time to stretch myself again. Expand. Grow.
Because that’s part of being human. It’s how we’re wired. We never “get there”. Or stop wanting more.
We need to grow. Expand. Broaden our horizons. Feel the exhilaration of reaching beyond our fears, or perceived boundaries.
And I know, it doesn’t always need to be a BIG adventure. Sometimes we just need to add to our current existence. Make it more interesting. And exciting.