I’ve spoken in the past about my challenge with getting into ruts. They can be warm and comforting or cold and limiting, but a rut is a rut.
For the last week, I’ve been on some incredibly-needed holidays, and I took the chance to push my comfort zone.
In the past week, I’ve specifically gone into restaurants and ordered dishes I haven’t tried before. I went on two adventures that I would recommend.
Firstly, I went to the David Bowie Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Pictures weren’t permitted, but it was a top notch example of story telling. It was more than just Bowie’s movies and music, they covered the art, the costumes, the cultural context and the history. I really enjoyed the entire thing and I learned a lot.
Secondly, I pushed my fears out of the way and tried a Spin-barre class at Barreworks. They were having an event for Movember, and I’m a sucker for a good cause, so I jumped in. It highlighted my lack of exercise in the recent past, but it was a really exciting class that pushed my limits and challenged me. I really recommend a class there as I found it both challenging and enjoyable.
Have I fundamentally changed who I am in my week off? I doubt it. It was a fun, and I think it prodded me out of my rut (or at least just slightly out of it). It’s not an end, but it is a start.
I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week. The holiday season is coming, and in between crowds, shopping, and questionable weather, it’s going to be a stressful time. If you still have any vacation days left that you can take, I highly recommend taking them now while there’s still time. Enjoy a few quiet days. Go challenge yourself (physically, mentally, or both) and then come back to your world refreshed.