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October 4, 2010 in Quarter Life Crisis

One of the things that terrifies me is waking up one day and realising that I am 45 and can’t account for the last 20 years of my life. I don’t want to get stuck in a rut and forget who I am, what I love and find that I have let the years pass by being bored rather than inspired.

Laura Valerie wrote a recent post on the things that “shock” us out of the monotony of day-to-day life. I read her post while overseas and found myself nodding all the way through (which often happens with her fabulous blog – do check it out). While travelling I thought a lot about how I am currently living my life and how it is/isn’t working for me.

I love the area we live in, how active I am (usually) and that I have a supportive boyfriend. But there is quite a bit that I’d like to work on to keep discovering, growing and feeling truly alive.

Career. See last post – I’m working on it!

Eating habits. Ideally I’d like to grow a little vegetable garden on our balcony and eat 50% organic and local produce. I never thought I’d be a yoga-loving, organic food eating, recycling crusader ‘hippy’ type, but I am and I’m proud of it.

Making the effort to go out. I’d like to meet new people and get out of the house more often! In ‘real life’ I am a very social and bubbly person. I love people. But when you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you tend to become a bit more of a homebody (which I also love but I tire of it easily). You say no to social invitations to watch a DVD or avoid parties to enjoy a quiet dinner at home. No more, I am going to try to embrace every invitation (where humanly possible).

Staying connected with friends. Everyone’s lives are so busy these days that it’s hard to find the time to catch up either online or face to face. I think it’s definitely time to make this a priority. Currently really struggling to reach my goal of 100 letters for the year, but will keep trying.

Feeding my creativity. I need to make the effort to seek inspiration. Go to galleries, stage shows, quirky shops, event and classes. Travelling overseas makes you realise how much your home city has to offer. Coming back home to Melbourne after a long break has renewed my love for the city and its culture. I haven’t felt this excited about exploring around Melbourne since I moved here 2 and a half years ago.  Now it’s about making the effort to find little gems in my own city (and others). I have a little blog project that I’ll post in the next few days that may help with this.

What would you like to work on to help with that ‘stuck in a rut’ feeling?