So many of us go through life each day without putting passion into our daily activities. Life seems so often to settle into a boring routine. The day to day drudgery of the usual things: the tedious commute to work, depressing gray or beige cubicle walls, stacks of reports or code printouts on your desk. Does this sound like your life?
I think it’s necessary for human beings to experience variety and passion in their lives in order to be truly happy. If you’re having a hard time finding joy and passion in the things that you do each day, maybe it’s time to reconsider where you are and what you’re doing.
You don’t have to drop everything and run off to Rio to make your life interesting, though. Here are some things you can do now that will help take off the edges of tedium:
1. Learn something new. Go take golf or tennis lessons. Take a foreign language class. Read a book on programming a new language. Start a blog. The trick is to find something you can get excited about and throw yourself into it.
2. Read a new book. If you never read fiction, try picking out one of the latest bestsellers and giving it a try. You might like it. If you’re a regular reader, try getting outside of you genre. If you normally read thrillers or mysteries, try some science fiction or fantasy. It’ll broaden your horizons. If you only read fiction, check out a non-fiction book.
3. Watch a movie that you wouldn’t normally pick out. Try looking for a foreign film. Often these films are made from an entirely different view of the world from what we’re used to. New perspectives can stimulate the mind.
4. Meet new people. Find new blogs and leave comments. Talk to the people you run into every day. That kid bagging your groceries might have something interesting to say about life. Network with other professionals. You may make some contacts that will prove valuable.
5. Spend some time each day thinking about your goals. What do you truly value? Where do you want to go with your life? If you’re not focused on achieving something, the odds are that you won’t accomplish anything important. Set goals and try to move toward them at least a tiny bit each day.
The bottom line is to look for new things in your everyday life. You can break out of your mental slumber by just opening your eyes to what’s already right there waiting for you.