Last weekend happened to be one of the best weekends of my life. This is a mighty grand statement. In all honesty, it was great in so many ways and I haven’t had that much fun in a long time. It was one of those perfect spring weekends in New York City.
The weekend opened my eyes to a whole new world that I think I’ve shut out for so long. Suddenly, part of me that has been lying dormant feels alive.
Recently I wrote about taking a turn down a different path not yet traveled in this post. You never know where it can lead. It’s really wonderful when you open your eyes and take a chance at times. Life is full of taking risks and some turn out for the best while others break your heart. It’s a huge gamble but well worth it no matter the outcome. Having no regrets about my life is one of my best policies for me.
While the last few months have been some of the hardest I’ve ever experienced, in some sense, they’ve also brought amazing people and opportunities into my life. I’ve learned a great deal about myself in the process. Since January feels like a world away, I know now is the time for me to not look backward and only move forward to greet all of the exciting adventures still to come my way.
So, I urge you, if you ever have the opportunity to look down a new path in life, give it a try. You just never know.
Yesterday I read a piece from The Ripples Project newsletter which discussed “Alternate Routes.”
Could your path use a few more bends and curves? What might happen if you dared yourself to experiment with alternate routes? I fear we sometimes get comfortable with our usual paths: the daily routines, the expected life choices, doing what we are supposed to do. If we aren’t careful, we could end up missing possibilities that are waiting for us just beyond our sight on those less travelled roads.
I thought this point was interesting. At this current time, I’m working on changing up my daily routine in the hopes of creating a new life within my already existing life. Since I’m moving through a bump in the road right now, I thought this could be a good way to assist me in continually moving forward. It’s a better alternative to picking up and running away to live somewhere new. As a side note, I’m in full support of people picking up and starting over when the time is right for them, not as a solution to running away.
Back to The Ripples Project discussion above, in my opinion it’s a great idea to urge yourself to try alternate routes within your daily routine, even if it’s simply to spice things up. I’m thinking back to small alterations I’ve made in my routine over the past few months. I’ve been running on new routes and sometimes with new running partners. I’ve signed up for races outside of the city that I’ve never done before. I’ve explored a neighborhood yoga studio. I’ve traveled to a Trader Joe’s in a different part of town. I rearranged pieces of furniture in my apartment making it appear a new space. I’ve signed up for an online class.
You never know where exploring outside of your comfort zone may lead you in life.
Catching My Attention
Emmy Rossum is so cool in the Showtime show Shameless. She aces the character and made me fall in love with the show. This isn’t new news if you’ve read this blog in the past. She recently debuted a commercial. Love her clothes, her look and her voice!