My friend, Marquita Herald, has written an inspiring blog post, entitled, 10 Simple Ways to Gradually Expand Your Comfort Zone. Among her suggestions are to try a new food, use public transportation, and read a book in a different genre.
Try a New Food
My kids’ interest in Japan has led not only to anime movies, or watching my daughter’s participation in a Japanese play, but also to experience the delights of Japanese, Thai and Korean foods.
Use Public Transportation
I moved from my small hometown of Georgetown, to the big city of Toronto, as a naive 20-year-old. Since I had no car, I became well acquainted with the Toronto Transit routes — buses, streetcars, and subways, but especially the latter. I liked nothing better than to hop on the subway at Bloor & Yonge, and travel south, around the bend at Union Station, then north as far as it would go — or take the east-west train for as long as they would let me. It was a great way to see the city, and watch people of every variety and ethnic group. Sometimes I talked to fellow travellers, but mostly I sat and observed people, or read a book. When I missed the first choir practice after they decided to do the Hallelujah Chorus, I learned the first couple of pages of my alto part on the busy subway, by reading the notes. No easy feat!
Read a Book in a Different Genre
Nathaniel, my homeschooling 15-year-old, have recently discovered the delights of LibriVox.org, which is the audiobook counterpart of Gutenberg.org. All audiobooks are in the public domain, and we are feasting our ears on the classics, boys’ stories, as well as dipping into areas that are new to us. Just like listening to an old-time radio program! We’ve been introduced to many authors I hadn’t even heard of. This is not only a delight, but it’s enlightening and educational as well.
These are not one-time actions. As Marquita suggests, why not make a point of doing something new each week? And have fun with it!
A wise friend once pointed out to me that you have do something in order to have something to write about. Doing something new is even better. Doing is the best antidote to a “boring” life.
© Willena Flewelling