Happy 2023 everyone! The new year is here, a fresh start with no regrets, so let us bring it in with some style in whatever makes you sway happily and merrily. Last year was a little sparkle of a sequin party dress, but since it’s pretty cold here, I’ll just stick with a warm pullover sweater denying fashionista charm.
Every year I like to live by a motto or theme I hold myself to. I’ve been doing this for about ten years. The purpose is to invite a little change for the better, a sheer sense of reflection in what I’m lacking to embrace my insecurities and weaknesses and learn something in the process. This year to celebrate every day living, I’m working on going from boredinary to extraordinary.
In the first book of the “Tales of Greed, Money & Horrific Circumstance” series, I wrote a short story called “Isn’t the Grass Greener on the Other Side?” Without giving too much away, this story is about a woman looking for the perfect life failing to realize all the good she currently has. Spending time comparing herself to others with a mundane lens, I call attention to a term—boredinary. I define this word as a point in our lives when things become a little stale. The routines we lead day in and day out, from the same way we take our coffee, to the emails we check exactly at 7:06 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Humans are creatures of habit and perhaps a routine gives us a sense of organization and stability. But if you think about it, there is so much more we can experience in just one day. The victory of watching a race that defines a winner in a matter of moments. It’s the difference between being on or off the podium. A piece of art that requires one last brush stroke to render complete. The last note of a song that took months to record. Paying the final dollar and cent of that last car payment.
It’s up to us to find something that brings us out of this natural routine to break the mold of this boredinary habit and to remember that life is in fact extraordinary. Waking up with a roof over our heads, enjoying a delicious breakfast, taking a hot shower, checking messages from the people we care about. What if those things just suddenly…disappeared?
Andy Warhol once said, “you need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”
Today, I invite you to welcome a little extraordinary right in the middle of the mundane. I know what you are thinking. It doesn’t have to be something huge. Take a different way to work, treat yourself to a delicious dessert treat, get home a few minutes earlier to spend with your family, or take the dog for a walk. Find something that puts a smile on your face, a little out of routine.
As of this post date, we have 365 days to live our lives to the fullest. From January 1st to December 31st I’m cheering for you. We have a lot of days to make something extraordinary happen.
Record your extraordinary day in the comments below any day in 2023. Let’s celebrate.