It seems to me that the best thing we can do to keep life exciting is change up our routines a bit. If we continue to do the same things over and over, how will we ever come up with new ideas? How will we keep our lives creative and interesting? How will we avoid feeling like life is boring or depressing? We take the same route to work, we eat the same foods, we talk to the same people, we go the same places, we have the same conversations, we use the same words to describe our lives ("I'm a secretary.") or to address our loved ones ("Hello, dear.") or when we get angry ("I'm so stupid!" or "S/he's so stupid!"), we sleep on the same side of the bed, we complain about the same problems, we use the same coping mechanisms to assuage our boredom, etc. We live our lives in a way that is not fully conscious, doing many things just out of habit, and part of that is defining ourselves in habitual ways that are not current with the moment. Does that make any sense? We come to expect that our life is only as wide as the box we've chosen to view it through. When we make little changes (and big changes), we allow ourselves to widen the box a bit (or a lot).
This week I'm setting up a challenge for myself and I'm inviting you all to join me. Every day this week I vow to do something I've never done before and/or learn something new. This could mean listening to a piece of music I've never heard before (live or on recording), going to a new place (a restaurant, an art museum, a part of town, someone's house, a park, etc.), learning a new word or learning about a new subject, learning something new about a person I know or talking to someone I've never talked to before, learning a new skill, etc. etc.
If you'd like to join in the fun, feel free to write about your adventures in the comments here. That could be very inspiring for those of us looking for ideas! Also, if you feel like it, I'd love to hear about ways in which you already try to keep your life fresh and exciting!
[Uh... and since this is the internet and all, I guess I should make it known that I only endorse legal activities, like the kind of stuff that doesn't hurt anybody, including yourself...]