Written by MJ Reporter Willow LaMunyon
Don't Relax Too Much. Some people are impossible to please! As soon as they get what they thought they wanted, they always want more. Our team riders are no different. They've been dropping hints lately.
The above quote, printed on an energy drink can, was to introduce a new flavor. However, it brought to my mind thoughts about contentment and how it can get stagnant. It isn't contentment that inspires people to make adventures and add excitement to their lives. It is that restlessness of spirit we feel when we have been watching too much TV or napping for too long. It is what causes us to look for a more interesting if less secure job or go on a road trip with no destination in mind. It is why we indulge in a hobby doing something that we have never tried before.
When life is going smoothly for me, I start thinking of change instead of appreciating what I have. I think the longest time I ever stayed at one job was around ten years. After that, I would start to make excuses to myself to find a reason to look for something different. I never was honored for long years of service at the same job, but I learned so many different things and met some fascinating people along the way.
I never could go down a road for long before turning on to an interesting-looking side road. Thank goodness for those folks who stay at the same place of work for years and have the kind of knowledge to be the go-to person. Don't we all appreciate those who know exactly what they are doing and can do it quickly? That doesn't mean their lives are sleepy contentment because restlessness takes many different forms. You never know what you might find out about the coworker who has been there; they could do their job in their sleep. Once they get home and change out of their work clothes, they just might become restless adventures. The prim Spanish teacher turns into a belly dancer. The quiet gentleman in the corner conducts river rafting tours during his vacation; the postal worker in his sixties is an experienced mountain climber. Just as an FYI, these examples are real people.
If your restlessness doesn't push you toward such physical adventures, it also doesn't mean you have become content. Taking evening classes can broaden your way of thinking. Volunteering for something you care about makes your footprint in life golden. All you have to do is try something you always wanted to do. Being good at it isn't the goal. Experiencing new adventures is.
Don't always do what is expected of you. Life is much too short for that. Follow the side road and see where it takes you. Oh, one more thing, don't forget to read what is on the cans of energy drinks.