June 10, 2015
Sometimes, being an adult truly sucks. We’ve got bills to pay, people to impress and delicious foods that people tell us we can’t eat. Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock to when the most stressful thing in your life was whether or not you would win the Easter egg treasure hunt? Yeah, me too.
But we can’t, so I suppose we somehow have to deal.
We’re creatures of habit, so that means without even noticing, we often get stuck in the way we think, the way we look at things, the way we devise solutions. Our creative impulses and unquenchable enthusiasm can dampen and we’re in what society likes to call ‘stuck in a rut’. I’ve certainly been there, and for a creative, it’s probably the most disheartening thing that can happen.
So how do you overcome it?
Get away from it all.
No, I’m not talking about booking a one way flight to anywhere in the middle of exam period (though, that would be awesome, but so so irresponsible – but awesome nonetheless).
I’m talking about getting away from your habit. Being disconnected from the extension of your arm that we call an iPhone. Reflecting on what you want and evaluating if you’re doing all it takes to get it.
It’s simple. If you can afford the luxury of travel (and it’s an appropriate time to do so) then do it. Travel done correctly will always make you richer, not-actually-gaining-money but life-changing-experiences kind of way. Take my example – after working full-time in a restaurant for 6 months, I literally had lost all drive to achieve the goals that I had set out in high school. I was a shadow of the girl who bubbled with enthusiasm when talking about her extensive passions in life. It seemed like all I did was sleep, eat, work, eat, work. I spontaneously booked myself a ticket to Thailand and that week spent in Phuket was one of the most eye opening experiences I’ve ever had. People who seemed to have so little were the most beautiful, generous individuals I had ever encountered. They were grateful for any attention, any inquisition into their life, yet many would never have the opportunity to travel. And here I was, an 18 year old girl, lucky enough to be able to buy herself a ticket overseas, yet she complained about life getting tedious. It really teaches you appreciation for what you have. Which ties into one of my favourite quotes:
“It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy”
But if you do not have time to travel or enough money in your wallet, then you can still do something. Take a walk to a park you’ve never been to before, or walk through the city in a way you don’t usually go. Break your habit of sleeping in late on Sunday and take a hike to see the sun rise, breath in the fresh air and soak up the glorious rays. We often forget just how beautiful the world we live in is, we’re so obsessed with what the Kardashians are wearing on their lips or what Sally did on the weekend we forget what we’re actually living for.
So take a moment, ask yourself, are you happy with how you feel? Do you feel the drive and motivation to achieve your goals or do you easily lose sight of the targets you set for yourself?
Getting away from your norm to reflect may give you insights into how you truly feel, in ways you could never expect. It’s hard to be alone, especially in our “always on, always connected society”, but being in a rut is often due to old, unprogressive habits. Break them by listening to yourself, remember who you truly are, and what you want to achieve in your life.
Be your own frontier.
Until next time,