Growing up as the first daughter automatically trust me into taking responsibilities early in life. At the tender age of 10, I was already preparing meals for my family. I had spent a lot of time watching my mum make these meals over and over again, so it wasn’t really difficult for me to replicate.
Sometime last year, I was preparing food for the family when something dawned on me. For over 18 years I had been using just two cubes of seasoning when cooking. My family had increased in number and our food portions had increased in size. So, I wasn’t cooking the same amount of food I used to cook yet…I still stuck to using two cubes! All because it was what I had seen my mum do!
I decided to test the waters and added an extra cube. Of course I was skeptical, hoping I wouldn’t ruin the taste of the food but it did come out really nice. I could tell (and taste) the difference and in my head, I was like “Wow! This is what we’ve been missing.” I have never gone back to using two cubes ever since then.
Many a times, we are stuck to the old way of doing things simply because of the that’s-how-we-have-been-doing-it mentality. Complacency and comfort zones have had people satisfied with what they know, stopping them from reaching for what they can know. Yes, change can be scary, uncomfortable, and maybe inconvenient. But at the same time, you’d never know what’s on the other side if you don’t even try.
Ditch the old routines. Try something new. You could begin with little changes like getting a different haircut, trying out a new recipe, wearing those thigh boots, reading a book from your least favorite genre. Or you could jump right into the major ones like changing cities, career, traveling to the other end of the world etc. The truth is there is so much to explore and enjoy in this world than what your little cocoon seems to be promising.
I have applied this life lesson to various aspects of my life and it’s been transforming considering the fact that I’m the introvert’s introvert. The beautiful thing is, with time trying new things will not just come naturally to you, it will begin to rub off on others around you.
So, here I am challenging you to do the same. Don’t wait till tomorrow. Don’t wait till the end of this day. Start now! You’d be surprised just how much colorful your life would become. After all, according to William Cowper’s poem The Task; “Variety is the spice of life”.