11 Jul 2011

Do something different

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 These last few days I've been getting out and about again after my op. I've had fun. We went to the museum and when we got there we realised that it was the opening of the brand, sparkling new modern art wing. How lucky is that? Edie made a kick-ass paper hat (which she proudly wore for hours) 

and I sat in front of a Howard Hodgekin and fell in love with his work all over again. 
 We ate lemon and poppy-seed cake and drank hot chocolate in the museum cafe. Then we decided to drive to the beach for a walk along the pier and when we got there it was Carnival Day. How lucky is that? 

Edie bounced on a bouncy castle. We ate chips with lots of salt and vinegar and red sauce and watched the boats and the seagulls. There was a band playing. We held hands and laughed and the sun was warm on our faces. 

Some days fun comes so easily. Without even trying to catch it it just slips in and carries you away. You get in the flow. I think doing something different, going somewhere different increases your odds of having one of those days. Even in your own neighborhood. Be open to new experiences, new places, new people, no, make that seek out new experiences, new places, new people. Open your eyes, join a class, walk a different way to work, make a den in your living room and picnic in it, take your camera and your notebook to the park and fill it with nonsense, see a film at eleven in the morning, go visit a local tourist attraction you've never visited, go horse riding or surfing or take a meditation class, get out of your rut. And if you already do all of those things then do something else. Just now and again. Just to keep things fresh. Maybe whatever is least likely for you to do would be a good place to start.

 Tomorrow there's something you could do that'd open your eyes up and make you feel alive and aware and present. It's so easy to slip into a routine. We know what we like. Or at least we think we do. It was easy for me to do something different because I've been stuck indoors a lot recently so everything I do seems new and fun. But now I'll try to seek out new things to do, go and see. Because it's fun


  1. great post!
    i completely agree. I was so good at seeking out new things when i lived in london because everything was new and i didn't have a set routine as i didn't have a permanent job.
    lately i've been reminding myself to seek out new things because even though sydney is my home, there's still lots of stuff to go out and explore! and how great is it when you find new things in your own neighbourhood?!
    i think 'because it's fun' is as good an excuse as any to seek things out :)

  2. Wow sounds like a wonderful day, love art, the painting is amazing thanks for sharing:)


  3. This is such a wonderful post! I love how the best days are never planned :) And thanks for your comment, it really got me thinking! You're right, it's so much better to focus on being the best you can be in the here and now :)

  4. Good for you - sounds like you are having a wonderful time living a beautiful life and truly noticing all the amazing things around you :) Go, go, go!

    And tomorrow is your big day isn't it! Happy wishes in advance!