“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” – Chris Pine
The Power of Change and New Perspectives
A stimulus is always needed for growth; whether it’s an exercise to strain the muscles and cardiovascular system, or whether it’s a mental struggle that tests your capabilities and helps you to discover more about yourself. There will always be a need for new stimulus to bring about rewarding changes in your life.
The human mind is naturally inclined to stay comfortable if it can. Challenges are stressful on the mind and body at first, but challenging the mind to grow is quite similar to strengthening the body towards growth. Like a muscle, too much challenge can begin to break you down over time. Too little challenge and there’s not enough stimulus to actually gain anything out of it. The trick is to find that sweet spot where it’s just the right amount of challenge to encourage personal growth without harming your well-being.
If you’re the type of person that is comfortable in your own little area of the world, perhaps challenge yourself one day to take a trip and visit somewhere new! If you’re a picky eater and prefer to eat the same things day in and day out, challenge yourself and try a food that’s out of your comfort zone. If you only listen to one type of music or watch one type of television show, break out of that bubble and try something new!
Life might have so much more to offer to you then what you’ve allowed yourself to take in, and who knows, you might find something that becomes a new favorite of yours. But, you sure as well won’t find it doing the same old things over and over again.
Travel itself is amazing for pushing people out of their comfort zones, because sometimes in other countries and other cultures, there is no choice but to be forced into new kinds of experiences. As frightening as that can be at times, in the aftermath of it all you will reap rewards and life lessons.
I remember when I first started to travel how many incorrect beliefs I had about the world which I needed to re-write in my mind with actual truths. Like, although most countries do have their own music and TV shows/movies, so many listen to American music and watch American programming. I wasn’t expecting that.
Also, most other countries drink espresso coffee and I didn’t know even know what the hell a Flat White was when I first arrived in New Zealand. “How the hell do I just order my coffee with two milk and two sugar?”, I thought to myself, “And why’s it so expensive?”. I can laugh about it now, but I was ignorant to certain things. It also taught me that I love espresso.
Another thing that I learned by travelling and living with others from all over the world, was just how much slang I had been using in my English vocabulary. I was hard to understand sometimes to foreigners that I would meet, because I used too much unfamiliar Ontario slang. I began to make serious efforts to express myself more meaningfully with correct English after that, and it’s helped me to be a better communicator.
Travelling with only a backpack taught me that I didn’t need a bunch of possessions to find happiness in life. Travelling without my laptop because I used to spend way too much time playing video games on it, taught me that I love to read and I love to write.
So much depth can be brought into our lives if we only open ourselves up to change and some struggle! Whether it’s the change of a career, change of location, change of interest, it doesn’t really matter. Just an openness to experiencing life outside of what is already known is what matters, because that is where you will discover more about life and about yourself. 🙂
If you are stuck in life, don’t be embarrassed. We all get stuck in routines from time to time. Sometimes we need a push to get back to really living. I’ve had those experiences as well. I’ve been stuck in jobs that have left me feeling incomplete and in relationships that make me feel like I’m drowning. It can happen and it can be exhausting, but just try to learn from those experiences for the future so that you can catch yourself when you’re in a rut.
When in a rut, we just need to remember to bring some sort of change into our lives. It’s the only way we are going to escape this feeling of being stagnant.
If life is a big bowl of wet noodles, then the number of experiences we bring into our lives is going to make that wicked sauce for flavor. Every experience we take in is another ingredient or spice added to the mix. If made correctly, it’s a heaping pile of deliciousness with lots of cheese or whatever the hell you like on your pasta.
Spoiler alert: if you like your noodles plain, then you are actually the wet noodle.
I guess the moral of this blog post is to keep things fresh and interesting. Continue to encourage growth in your life. We all go through changes in our lives and we all risk becoming stagnant at times too. Self-awareness will be integral to catching ourselves in these highs and lows in order react appropriately to our circumstances. So, as a wise man once said, “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself!“.
Learn to love the life you live, and if you don’t love it, change it!