I dread long stretches of "the same old thing." I don't like to eat the same thing for lunch everyday. For someone as scheduled as I tend to be, I start feeling blue if the little boxes on my calendar resemble each other too closely. And I've definitely grown tired of looking out the window at blackened, tired stained snow that just won't melt away.
My friend Erin is famously spontaneous. There is a running joke among our friends that when the possibility of breaking routine and doing something fun arises, just ask yourself W.W.E.D? What would Erin do? Maybe it embarrasses her when we joke about W.W.E.D, but I have to admit I have her example in my head. When we had the opportunity to go up to the mountains for one night around Christmas time I thought to myself, that sounds like a lot of work for one night. My next thought was, Erin would probably do it! In the end we were so glad we went.
So my thought today is that when you find yourself pacing your house like a restless cat, feeling that slightly bored, fed-up-with-the-snow because there is nothing in your immediate future to look forward to kind of discouragement, maybe the answer isn't a life crisis so much as a glaring reminder that it's time to change up your routine. Eat dessert for dinner. Let the kids stay up late watching movies with you. Don't give in to the idea that having spontaneous fun is too much work. And if worse comes to worse, ask yourself W.W.E.D?