When you woke up this morning, were you excited about today?
Or were you full of dread and boredom, not wanting to get out of the comfort of your bed to start the drudgery that would be your daily routine?
If you identified with the latter question, and if you know your answer would have been the same yesterday and will probably be the same tomorrow, something’s gotta change. And it’s gotta change now.
You know this. You know you have one life to live and you want to live it well. We all do. We crave excitement and adventure and deep relationships and simple pleasures. On our deathbeds, we want to look back and say we lived a story we are proud to tell.
And yet somehow we get pulled into a mess of chores and obligations that drain us so completely we don’t have the time or energy to put towards making life meaningful. There’s laundry to do, meals to prepare, and work outs to finish. And at the end of the day we’re so exhausted we sit in our couches and watch Netflix or scroll through Instagram until it’s time to sleep.
Please don’t get me wrong here. Of course we have obligations, and we should meet them. There will be days when we have to clean the apartment and run to the grocery store – that’s just part of life. But it doesn’t have to be the only part of life. It shouldn’t be.
While I’m certainly no big fan of Steve Jobs, there’s a quote by him I find inspiring and relevant to this discussion:
If you find that you’ve lived too many days in the mundane, it’s time to make that change. But these changes don’t always have to be big, drastic alterations.
Sure, you could decide to sell all your personal possessions and move to Sweden. And you absolutely should, if you feel that this is what will make your life more fulfilling. But beating the mundane could be as simple as planning out one small adventure to have each day. Or if you’re not one for planning, you could try one of these 14 cheap or free mini-adventures you can have at the last second.
Other small adventures might look like starting a gratitude journal with 365 entries, trying that cute new coffee shop on the way home from work, filming one second of your life every day for a year, “unplugging” for a week, or inviting the new neighbors over for a dinner party.
Bigger ones might be going skydiving with your bestie, booking a plane ticket to that country on your bucket list, spending a night in a haunted house, or starting your first book.
There’s so much to do in life and so many exciting new experiences to have. We all have goals, and it’s time to reach for them. Don’t let another day go by without making the decision to lean into the fullness of what life can be.
Some questions for you:
- When was the last time you found yourself in a mundane daily routine?
- What are you doing to combat the mundane each day?
- Do you have a mini-adventure story you’d like to share?
Have a great Wednesday!