Two days in a row now, I’ve gone for a drive someplace new for a change.
I hopped into the car with Elliott (Elliott was feeling miserable and wanted to go driving too) and I’ve pretty much just driven in a new direction, a direction I’ve never driven before, down different streets, into different suburbs and pretty much into the country 10 kilometers from my house. I discovered quiet little towns I never knew existed and a beautiful, peaceful park with gorgeous gardens and flowing streams.
I’ve always loved discovering new places instead of visiting the same ones over and over. Sometimes we always tend to stick with what we know, don’t we? It’s human nature to prefer comfort over the unknown. But for me, it gets boring. Like when it comes to going to restaurants, why go to the same one when there are so many more to discover. When I go shopping, I always try different foods or different brands and like to make different dinners that we haven’t had before. And the biggest change we’ve made as a family was our tree change from a big modern house to a little old cottage and into a completely different suburb…it was refreshing, I have enjoyed discovering the new surrounds, experiencing a garden I’ve never had before and meeting new people.
These might seem like really small things, but for me, making small changes to my day to day life has really brought benefits and sometimes helps me to conquer the big ones or unexpected ones.
To me, change is like therapy because doing the same thing over simply drives me mad. Venturing outside my comfort zone not only releases me from that groundhog day type of feeling but does so many other things. Ani Chibukhchyan at Tiny Buddha explains the 10 powerful benefits of change and I explain what each one means to me.
You will never know if you don’t change something. You will never discover a new park, a new food that you love, a new restaurant, a new ability or a new found love or hobby. And if you don’t, you will never progress.
Hands up if routine drives you mad? I’d have to say that most Mums would say yes to this and it can tend to lead to a very dull, predictable and uninteresting life. But with changes, even if they are little ones each day, this can be very different.