I remember reading an article a while back about how as we get older, we settle and become more comfortable with our own ways of thinking, and that it becomes harder to stretch and embrace new things in life. When I first read it, I kind of laughed it off, rolled me eyes, and thought that would never happen to me.
Recently I’ve noticed that I’ve really been leaning to the familiar and I have to consciously remind myself to be open to new experiences and friends. I kind of had to give myself an eyeroll the other day when a friend asked if I wanted to attend a show at another library instead of our usual one. My first reaction was, whyyyyyyyyy because that totally disrupts my normal weekday routine.
That’s just one small example. Another one I had was when Brian would be going on a business trip for a couple of weeks. He wanted us to go along with him and I’ll be honest…I initially didn’t want to go. It wasn’t the cost factor, but instead a feeling like I would be inconvenienced and the idea of going on a plane with our kids is not my idea of a good time (even though they are remarkably pretty well behaved on the airplane).
The photo taken above was in the countryside of France. It was a spontaneous-ish trip back in 2009 when a friend invited us to fly back to her home with us for two weeks. We totally jumped at the opportunity, nevermind that we had our house on the market at that time.
As I was working on editing photos and decided to scroll back to previous years, I realized that I’ve gotten very comfortable with “what I know” and I don’t want to “settle” and not grow myself as a person.
And so I’m stretching myself and trying to be more open with new experiences again. I think it would benefit us as a family and teach our kids this lesson too.