I really abhor sitting in front of this screen.
And yet, many days, this is all that I do. I can easily spend ten hours a day here, editing my manuscript, browsing social media, trying to promote my book, studying for an upcoming exam, working on my new book, even writing this lovely blog for all you folks to read.
But it’s mind numbing. No matter how much I love writing, I don’t love the hours spent squished into an office chair, pounding away at the keyboard, legs long fallen asleep, coffee long cold, brain long tuned out.
Sometimes, all you need is a change of setting to change your life.
I believe that sometimes, we all let our lives stagnate. We get into a routine. We establish a pattern. We box ourselves into a strict regime, so attached to our habit that the idea of stepping outside the box becomes a terrifying nightmare. Besides, we sort of like the box. The box is safe. The box is comfortable.
But the box isn’t taking us anywhere. When you stop moving forward in your life, you start moving backwards. Life isn’t a highway, it’s a river, with a strong current, and if you stop fighting to swim upstream, you will begin floating backwards. And spending ten hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen…that’s about the backward-est of backwards floating that ever floated back.
I’m not saying you should run away and join the circus. Unless, that is, you’re a talented trapeze artist kidnapped by renegade carnival game-show persons looking to hold you for ransom. If that is the case, please, by all means, the logical course of action seems to be that you should indeed run away and join the circus. However, I’m going to work on the assumption that this is not the case. So what I do mean is, don’t limit yourself. Give yourself the luxury of novelty. Allow your brain to expand. Perhaps you don’t have the option of working in a setting other than the one assigned to you. This is a shame, but not a tragedy. Find somewhere new to eat your lunch. Sit beside someone you don’t know. Talk to them. Or, if you’re allergic to people like I am, just make faces at them from across the room when they’re not looking. I’m sure this will make you a lot of new friends.
Get outside. Do something new every day. Explore your surroundings. Go for a walk. Shop at a grocery store on the other side of town.
Your life will be exactly what you make of it. So make it an adventure. In the words of Helen Keller,
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”
You have one life. Make it count.
Thanks for reading.