By Aminata O. – We all have to spend some of our time doing something that’s just a little boring. Sitting on a bus, writing data into a spreadsheet, cleaning the house: this is not what life is supposed to be about! Life routine is important. There are certain things we just have to do, and we have to do regularly. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have space for something different sometimes.
Making life a little more interesting is important. It keeps things fun, and it gives you something to look forward to during your day. When your boss is really annoying you, or your family is just driving you crazy, it’s great to be able to say to yourself “later today, I get to do x.” But what is that x? What is that little thing you can use to make life a little bit less routine? Here’s five quick ideas.
1. Start learning an instrument
Learning an instrument really makes life more interesting. That’s because once you start, you will be learning for life. There will never be a point where you can say “I’m finished, I’ve learned it all.” Instead, every day you can find a new tune, a new rhythm, a new lyric to go with your music. And even though you can learn forever, you can start pretty quickly with a few tips and a helpful course.
2. Take up photography
Photography can make everything and anything that little bit different. Even the most ordinary things can seem extraordinary when you are trying to take a cool picture of them. Lots of photography exhibitions are just of everyday items on the side of the street! So, get a camera, learn how it works, and turn your commute home from work into something interesting.
3. Find someone to learn a language with
If you’ve ever tried to learn a language, you know that speaking speaking speaking is the key to getting it right. A great way to add to your language course is to find someone who is fluent in that language and meet them once or twice a week to speak with them. It might be in person or over the internet, but that weekly meeting can actually be something really nice to look forward to, and really helpful for your language learning!
4. Learn some new recipes
Most people cook the same meals again and again and again. There is nothing wrong with that. Cooking is a necessity, and often you want it to be quick and easy. But if you spend just a little bit of time learning about nutrition and diet, you might be able to try one new recipe a week to make your food that little bit different.
5. Sign up to a marathon
Ok, maybe not a full marathon. But there are so many little exercise routines available that you can do with other people. Group activity is the key here. Meeting up sometimes with people who are all training for a marathon or a race or just doing some fitness activities together can give you something to look forward to, a new aspect to your social life, and also a sense of achievement.
These are just a few ideas, maybe you have your own. What’s important is just to give something a try, especially if you’ve never done it before. You never know where it might lead!