If variety is the spice of life, then my life has been a bit spicy lately.
Within a 60-day-period, I attended the opera in Rome and a concert in Nashville featuring Willie Nelson and the Nashville symphony.
Both performances were entertaining and invigorating, in different settings with different audiences, yet both comfortable and enjoyable.
My parents would never have believed this was possible. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.
What I have learned is that staying in a secure routine can become dull, but to venture into the unknown, the uncharted, can make you feel ecstatic again and full of wonder and awe.
I understand how easy it is to get into familiar ruts — doing the same thing in the same way at the same time every day — and I have nothing against a few familiar ruts, but I have also come to understand the spike of pleasure one feels when something new is experienced.
Making an effort to try something different does not require traveling out of your country, state or city. It only takes some curiosity, imagination and an understanding that even if the “something new” turns out to be less than hoped for, it still beats boredom and you've had an adventure!
I invite you to give thought as to how you spend your time. The old familiar things we do and enjoy do not have to disappear, but it is good to add a little spice to our lives by trying something different on occasion.
Summertime is a good time to do that.
If you enjoy movies, but seldom go, invite a friend to join you. If you don't want to leave home, invite a neighbor for cold lemonade in the afternoon or organize a pot luck supper for your block.
City recreation programs offer classes and camps. If you have a university close by, check out its entertainment and educational opportunities
If you want to explore your own town or a different part of the state, go online to www.travelok.com courtesy of the Oklahoma Tourism Department. You will find options galore and free travel brochures.
It is easy to throw the responsibility on somebody else, but why not drop the excuses, examine some possibilities and add a little spice to your life.
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.