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by christiemaillet

As a person who resists change until it actually occurs, I know how it feels to be put in an unfamiliar environment and being unsure of the next step. It’s tough letting go of the reigns sometimes and embracing change, especially if you’re somewhere new and you don’t want to lose control of your surroundings. While it’s always important to be alert and aware of where you’re going, isn’t it also good to keep up with the moment and enjoy where you are? I know it’s all been said before, but I truly believe that it’s important to let go once in a while and let beauty surround you. Sometimes, it’s healthy to give yourself a bit of leeway and take small risks to make life more interesting: a break from the routine. Embrace your surroundings when you’re somewhere new.

 I was thinking about this yesterday as I was walking around the city with a friend after work and just enjoying the sites. I usually have more of a routine – finish work, get off two subway stops and hop on the train home, but last night, I was more free about it. I didn’t have anywhere to be, so I just stayed in the city and took new subway stops, went into different areas of the city, and basically just let whatever happened happen. While they were all new surroundings for me, I just kept my wits about me and enjoyed where I was. My friend and I wandered around, got dinner, stopped in a few shops, and just let ourselves get lost in the city, something I never do. Sometimes it’s fun to make memories that you wouldn’t normally make, especially now that it’s the summer and what do you remember most fondly – the routine or the adventures? Although I remember both (I love commuting into the city), the adventures are what make for good stories and stand out in your life, as opposed to what always occurs and is safe. You can be safe and have fun, but in the end, it’s taking risks within reason that makes life what it is. You just have to be smart about what you’re doing and make sure you know where you are. As long as that’s accounted for and you’re not in danger, risks and change can make more appearances in your life, not just in the moments between the dull routines.

In general, my advice is to mix it up once in a while. Change up your routine and go walk around your city or town after work. Go somewhere you’ve never been and live in the moment. Just do what feels like it would make your life more interesting. Be strong, independent, and adventurous!

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