British writer and psychologist Jacqueline Christodoulou discusses her “Do Something Different” plan in a new post on her blog Dirty Sparkle, and I’m passing it along as something worth trying before winter sets in:
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Doing something different...
I had cause this week to remember a time some years ago when life was pretty much a routine of hardship. I didn't enjoy the rote of predictability that I shouldered for many years and I was desperate to escape. If only for a moment.
Around that time I initiated my 'Do Something Different' regime. When I became intolerably bored and annoyed with life, I literally did something different. This may sound really simple but actually it's quite difficult after the first ten innovations to think of something different to do. I included things like visiting local places I had never been, doing things I hadn't done for ages (like ice skating or swimming), listening to music on my own with headphones on. I started to use my brain and my imagination and open my mind up to other worlds through writing. It may seem like common sense, but to me, living in a world of providing for others, it was a welcome break.
I promised myself I would do something different every week for three months. During that time I visited the library and discovered Martin Amis. I explored my home city of Manchester and discovered many building that made me fall in love with it all over again. I met people on my 'Do Something Different' day who would become lifelong friends. I developed and understanding of people and characters and identity that would have not been possible in my previous closed existence.
Follow this link to the rest of her piece: