Why does everything start to look and sound the same after a period of time?
Your senses may dull, details start to run together, routines become habit, and then after a period of time, you can’t seem to remember how you got here. You remember making decisions along the way and making a point of getting things done, but how you arrived seems like a mystery.
These are the moments that make me stand up, take a look around, and assess the situation. I very often find that this is the point at which I need to make a change. Thinking differently than what family, friends, school, your boss, or others have told you, or even expect from you, is not for the faint of heart.
Going against the prevailing current or popular opinion requires not only a level of self-awareness, but also a commitment to action. Not proceeding carefully can result in being washed downstream or thrown against the shore by incoming waves of opinion.
Not everyone hears a call to action or understands why they are perceiving things a certain way. There are people that know that something is right, but are afraid to speak up or dwell longer than necessary on an errant thought. Others choose to stick with what they know or have learned to suppress divergent thoughts.
Being aware of the events that define your day to day, week to week, or even yearly routines is the first step in taking control of your life. And you can start now by considering what you are going to do in the next moment. This decision will inform the next decision that you have to make until you start to build momentum.
You may not always know where you end up, but you have to trust that things will work out as long you as stay true to your values.
Creating change is not for everyone, but working with the resources that you have at your disposal, a sharp eye, and the courage to step forward, you may find that you impact others more than you think.