A stimulus is always needed for growth. Whether’s it’s an exercise to strain the muscles and cardiovascular system for improved performance over the long run, or whether it’s a mental struggle that tests your capabilities and helps you to discover more about yourself. There will always be a need for new stimulus to bring about rewarding changes in your life.
The human mind is naturally inclined to stay comfortable if it can. Challenges are stressful on the mind and body, especially at first, if it is not a common occurrence in one’s life. Yet challenging the mind to grow is quite similar to strengthening the body towards growth. Too much challenge can begin to break you down over time. Too little challenge and there’s not enough stimulus to make great changes. The trick is to find that sweet spot where it’s just the right amount to encourage personal growth without harming your well-being.
If you’re the type of person that is comfortable in your own little area of the world, perhaps challenge yourself one day to take a trip and visit somewhere new! If you’re a picky eater and prefer to eat the same things day in and day out, challenge yourself and try some foods that are foreign to you. If you only listen to one type of music or watch one type of television, read only certain genres of books, break out of that bubble! Life might have so much to offer to you then what you’ve allowed yourself to take in, and who knows, you may find something appealing that becomes a new favourite interest in your life.
Travel itself is amazing for pushing people out of their comfort zones, because sometimes in other countries and other cultures, there is no choice but to be forced into new kinds of experiences, and as frightening as that can be at times, in the aftermath of it all you may reap the rewards and life lessons.
I remember when I first started to travel how many incorrect beliefs I had about the world which I needed to re-write in my mind with the real truths. Such as, most countries don’t like to drink coffee the way we do. I didn’t know what the hell a Flat White was when I first arrived in New Zealand. How do I just order my coffee with two milk and two sugar? And why’s it so expensive? I can laugh about it now, but espresso coffee is now my favourite coffee of all time, preferable over my old standard of drip coffee.
Another thing that I learned by travelling and living in hostels with others from all over the world was just how much slang I had been using in my English vocabulary. I was hard to understand sometimes to a lot of foreigners that I would meet because of the use of expressions that were so unfamiliar to them. I started to roll back my use of local slangs and express myself more maturely and meaningfully in proper terms.
Travelling with only a backpack taught me that I didn’t need a bunch of possessions to find happiness in life. Travelling without my laptop because I used to spend way too much time playing video games on it, taught me that I love to read and I love to write and real life is pretty cool too.
So much depth can be brought into our lives if we only open ourselves up to change and perhaps some struggle! Whether it’s the change of a career, change of a location, change of interest, it doesn’t really matter. Just be open to experiencing life outside of what is already known, because that is where you will discover more about life and about yourself. 🙂
If you are stuck, don’t be embarrassed. We all get stuck in routines from time to time. Sometimes we need a push to get back to really living. I’ve had those experiences as well. I’ve been stuck in jobs that have left me feeling incomplete and in relationships that make me feel like I’m drowning. It can happen and it can be exhausting, but just try to learn from those experiences for the future and try to catch yourself when you’re in a rut.
When in a rut, we just need to remember to bring some sort of change into our lives. It’s the only way we are going to escape this feeling of being stagnant.
If life is a big bowl of wet noodles, then the number of experiences we bring into our lives is going to make that wicked sauce for flavouring. Every experience we take in is another ingredient or spice added to the mix. Until, if done correctly, it’s a heaping pile of deliciousness with lots of cheese or whatever the hell you appreciate on your pasta. Spoiler alert – if you like your noodles plain, then there may be no saving you. I’m sorry!
I guess the moral of this blog post is to keep things fresh and interesting and continue to encourage growth. We all take this up at points in our lives and we all risk becoming stagnant at other points of our lives. Self-awareness will be integral to catching ourselves in these highs and lows and reacting appropriately to our circumstances.
Learn to love the life you live, and if you don’t love it, change it!
Have you ever tried something different that scared the heck out of you at first but then you learned to love it? Share an experience down below. Thanks for reading.