It’s common to fall into set patterns of living conditions, otherwise known as “comfort zones”, as life progresses. It is important to be aware of the dangers comfort zones can bring and how their sole purpose is to steal away precious moments of our existence. The most beautiful aspect of the mind of a child is their drive and curiosity, their amazement and wonder, which allows them to approach life as a constant reinventing experience that offers new feelings and sensations at every turn; to put it simply, children never get bored.
Sadly, as life goes on, it becomes more predictable and our brains are able to map out the blueprint of our daily schedule with little effort: Wake up to the alarm, start a pot of coffee, watch the morning news, go to work or school, come home to watch television, finish work or study, then head to bed to start all over again in the morning. We overstimulate the same triggers over and over again until eventually, they become mundane. Disengagement is unveiled and a cruise control through life is set into motion.
These mental habits that are put in place are not often questioned because they offer a sense of security and stability. The problem occurs when comfort zones begin to render sensations such as curiosity and wonder into a state of invisibility. So how does one break free of mental habits? Step outside your comfort zone. Take action and participate in diverse situations that challenge the mind to reform and adapt. Reignite that childish amazement for life and watch as comfort zones shatter to the ground like glass. It was Albert Camus that said “life should be lived to the point of tears” and he could not be more correct.
In a way, it should be our responsibility to turn our lives into a work of art, to be stared upon for an endless amount of time. There is an infinite amount of beauty and inspiration to be seen, so take the leap to fall in love with live again; or die trying!