Original post June 2010.
One time, my mother told my teen-aged son, “If you say you are bored one more time, you can leave my house. Only boring people get bored.” A couple of years ago, as I approached 60 years of age, I spent some time contemplating my life. I was feeling–well–bored! I felt as if I was hunkering down into a comfortable, yet uneventful, routine existence. Life should be a luscious feast and I was on a starvation diet. Not wanting to become a boring person, I decided to fix that.
Inspired by my truly adventurous, un-boring mother and the “feed your head” attitude of the sixties, I know you have to exercise the brain, in addition to the body, to stay healthy and active. I’ve heard we have as many brain cells as the national debt has dollars. But, if we don’t use them, we will lose them. And, not just our brains, our psyche, our spirit, our creativity and our very love of life need feeding–not the usual fare, but tasty, spicy food.
I put the following words together and adopted them as an action plan: learn, create, try, see, travel, taste, listen, and visit. Dragging the hubby along, we talked about making an effort to do something we had never done before or go somewhere we had never been, at least once a week. Now, you won’t see us skydiving or riding a camel across the Sahara, there are plenty of less complicated ways to meet this goal. Not that you should rule out anything you feel is in your scope of exploration.
We have been working our plan for about two years. Some things are easy–having a beer while listening to Los #3 Dinners, live. Some things are a real push for me, especially the going down in the Caverns of Sonora cave thing. A disastrous exercise was a week long road trip to South Dakota–but that’s another story. Recently, we visited, for the first time, the San Antonio River Walk extension down to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Yes, we had to hunt for a parking space and got hot and sweaty. We also enjoyed the view, the precious time together and the feeling of being a part of the city. The museum, while not totally new for us, always unveils new treasures and renewed appreciation for art.
I think when Spock says “live long and prosper, he means live long and have a wealth of experiences.
Get out of your mental easy chair this week, do something different and share it.