Last night, I was in my bed, staring at the ceiling. It was 2 o’clock. It turned 3 o’clock. I started a new book and read the first chapter. Went back to bed. Became 4 o’clock.
You see, the last week or so I have been working late nights on the biggest deadline of my semester. I am finished now. So after a long coma-sleep and a peaceful first day of freedom, my body didn’t quite understand the concept of sleep anymore. Hence the staring at the ceiling.
Still wide awake, I could start to hear the first birds. At a bit past 5, I decided to go outside my kitchen balcony, climb the fire escape of my flat while sneakily passing my neighbors rooms and kitchens, and watch the sunrise on the rooftop. While I was sitting there as the world was still vast asleep, I wondered why I don’t do this more often. Not so much the early morning part, I don’t think I need to explain that. But the thing where you don’t do these kind of things, simply because you never do them. Not because you don’t want to necessarily, just because it hasn’t really occurred as an option.
Why do we always put the same thing on our toast? Why do we always walk the exact same route to work? Buy the same products in the supermarket? Settle for the same type of outfit?
We have our routine, our way of doing things that simplifies life and makes that we don’t have to think about every minor detail. It makes things a lot easier. But the down-side is that it makes us less open to amazing opportunities, having new experiences and meeting interesting and exciting people.
We can do basically anything with our lives at any moment. The question is, what do you want your life to be like? What would you want to do? So why not sit on the rooftop and watch the sunrise, bake gingerbread houses because you feel like it, paint stains on the street and make angels in the snow? I challenge you to live the life you dream of. Step out of your comfort zone and make it happen.
I sat. I thought. I was happy. Then I climbed back down, crawled back in bed and fell asleep.