Uplifting

4 Ways To Free Yourself From Monotony Without Quitting Your Job

At any given moment, we're free to do just about anything we want. You can't drive 100 mph on the freeway or take up heroin, but in terms of being free people, we can do pretty much whatever.

That means walking away from your job, your home, your marriage - you're free to do it all. But I wouldn't go to it first. There are a few things we can do for our restless spirits before we opt to just leave it all behind.

1. Wander, but know where home is.

Take a vacation week, maybe even a leave of absence if you can swing it, hop in the car and hit the road. Enjoy the feeling that nomads once had. Our nomadic ancestors would move on from their current place if the water dried up and the food was too scarce. We can cite the same reason for experiencing different places when monotony has dried the water up for us. Was that a clumsy metaphor? Yes. But you get what I"m saying.

2. Enjoy the liberating effects of the great outdoors.

You don't necessarily need to go out and be a nomad in order to break the day-in day-out routine of your life. Spending a little bit of time in nature can do a lot to recharge your batteries. Enjoy the great outdoors. Check out an awesome swimming hole. Hike to the top of the nearest mountain. Go snowshoeing. See what the Earth has to offer your spirit.

3. Explore your area.

Unless you live in a tiny town, there are restaurants, coffee shops, bars, book stores, boutiques, hiking trails, and just about anything else you can name that you've never experienced. Take a little time to see something new. Don't just do the normal routine. Don't hit the normal joint for the post-work beer.

4. Know where home is, but know that your home is not fixed.

It's always been important for me to have a place to call home. Home is wherever my job, my stuff, my partner, my dog, and my friends are. It's not a fixed place. If you feel like you need to move where home is, do it.

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