Not too long ago, I was having coffee with a friend and we were talking about habits — I’m very much a creature of habit. Right down to the way I drive to and from work. And she said “drive home a different way every day.”
And that stuck. But I didn’t really put it into practice until they closed the underpass I drive under each day to avoid the train. The underpass was going to be closed for about a month and the nearest underpass aside from that one is really out of my way. So I told myself now was as good time to take that challenge and go home a different way each day.
My creature of habit nature resisted, but frankly, I had no choice. The construction workers might not appreciate it if I mowed down the barriers with my car and drove under the bridge anyway. No, that’s not a very good idea at all.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve actually enjoyed driving home a different way each night after work. I’ve discovered so many things from which tracks are best avoided because they are in disrepair to charming neighborhoods, charming people, charming animals — and I’ve waited for a lot of trains. Trains have taught me patience these past few weeks. The houses, people and animals have taught me to step outside my habits.
I want to pick one challenge a week for myself…in the previous post, I wrote this week is a no radio in my car challenge. Next week I plan on spending the work week with no personal social media (since I’m the social media manager where I work, I’d probably better not neglect that for a week).
The week after that? No idea. But it’ll come to me.