DON'T STAGNATE!Life is short, and reaching the half way point has been a real eye-opener for me. I saw I had stopped growing and was pretty close to stagnating. Sitting still and assuming there is "nothing new under the sun" to quote Solomon - is the worst thing we can do with the lives we've been given. When you feel like this it's time to step out and try something new.
WORKI sat in a job for several years longer than I should have because I thought it was all I was entitled to. Day after day, week after week, month after month - and eventually year after year, giving my best for someone who didn't appreciate my skills or talents. It sucked me dry until I finally reached the point of leaving.
The funny thing is that I had underestimated myself - I thought there would be nothing new out there - WRONG! - I found a new job and a new direction with better working days and better pay. If I hadn't taken the risk and jumped I'd still be miserable today.
While I was deciding what to do with my life, I took a trip down memory lane and what was old became new again. I went out and bought a bicycle. I hadn't ridden a bike for decades, but once I got back on and tootled off around the neighbourhood, I felt like I'd been riding all my life - and it was so nice to feel the wind in my face and to not think about anything other than pedalling down the path.
I am not a very creative person, but I've always had a secret yen to learn stained glass and leadlighting. I saw an ad in our local newspaper and my husband bought me a series of classes for my birthday. I found out I actually really enjoyed it and went from my simple first project on to making a stained glass railing for our staircase.
EXPERIMENTI'm not very experimental in my approach to life, but last year I took a bit of a dive into something a little out of my comfort zone and tried a different approach to curing the horrendous headaches I have several times a week. I took myself off to a piercer and had my daith pierced - definitely not something I'd do every day, but it has made a significant improvement - I'm down to one mild headache a fortnight these days - it was definitely worth trying something new and a bit "out there".
TAKE A RISKWhen something new comes along we can choose to ignore it and stay safe in our little world, or we can choose to take a risk and embrace the opportunity being offered. I know I'm going with the latter because it is opening up my life every time I try something new. I want to be active and interesting and engaging - and none of those come from staying safely in the same place for the rest of my life.
Have you tried anything new lately?
See you tomorrow for O which is for Owning Who You Are.