I told you before how refreshing it can be to keep an open mind to positive things around us, even though we think we are seeing the same things over and over. The touristic outlook on your own neighbourhood might make you spot so many things you didn’t even notice before, let alone registered as special.
Let me tell you this first; I used to be a creature of habit. Actually, it was just that that made me decide I had to cut all ties and backpack through Asia for a year. Just so I could be free of my routines, and all the ‘my …’ I had established. Now, I realize that’s a tad bit radical, but it worked. By doing that, I became way more open minded. Now, I will try that temporary ice-cream flavour instead of going for the same old. I do not need to wait in line until the most-left toilet becomes available. I don’t need to plan ahead the days, schedule each moment and check ahead an online menu. I don’t care. But still, when I meet certain friends for coffee, I go to a certain place. When I meet other friends, I go to a certain other place, etc. I buy a certain brand of coffee, I walk a certain route to the station and so on. However, most of them are natural habits. Certain friends just like that café a lot, and the route to the station is the quickest. When I am alone, I can get coffee somewhere else, and on my way back home, I usually take a different route.
However, sometimes we forget to actually explore. I can bump into a new café, gallery, shop or whatever and then realize it’s been there for three years; I just failed to notice. I keep postponing visiting that new museum, – which, really, isn’t all that new anymore – because , oh well, one day! Etcetera. But today, I challenge you to not postpone. To broaden your horizon a bit;
23. Visit a place in your own town you didn’t visit before
(Be it a park, a museum, the library, a coffeeshop, whatevz)
Whatever may be the reason you didn’t go there before. You either didn’t notice, didn’t think it would suit you, didn’t take the time to go exploring or your friends told you not to. Google some touristic tips for your town, or take matters into your own hands. Go exploring and who knows what’ll happen!
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