So I’ve been thinking . . . about variety. Is it the spice of life? Or is the same thing a sure thing?
I love sameness—at least I always thought I did. I have a morning routine that I do every morning to start my day, and I usually love it. But one day, I thought, “God, I’m sick of this routine. It’s the same old thing over and over. Why am I doing it?” Because I need a routine. I work from home and discipline helps keep me on track.
Doing the same thing grounds me and gives me a regular system where there isn’t one. I like the predictability of knowing what I am doing. I like the certainty of taking the same set workout classes on the same day at the same time so I have that in my calendar.
So why was the same old thing bothering me? Our routine in Pilates is almost always the same. I have my same five meals I know how to make and eat those over and over. I get up, meditate, journal, stretch, shower. Every day. The fact is I need variety as much as I need these routines and discipline. Routines provide stability and security. And that’s good. Variety provides stimulation and, well, variety.
You know those people that eat the same thing every day or on a diet where you eat a prescribed meal every day? Well, that’s not for me. I’ve done it. In fact, a few times a year, I do the Perricone Prescription 3-Day diet as part of a skincare regime. You eat the same thing for every meal every one of those three days. And even though it’s only three days, I get cranky. I need variety when it comes to food. I knew a guy who told me he could eat his favorite meal of a breaded chicken patty and tomato soup for dinner every night for the rest of his life. I would go insane.
Variety is something in my body and soul that I crave, as much as I crave sameness. For me, I have to have both. How about you? Do you crave variety or need certainty?
And another thing (or two or five) . . .
- Turns out some of our basic needs include variety and certainty.
- Happy Memorial Day weekend!
- I’m excited about this new show.
- What a great idea!
- Because this made me happy.
I’ve been reading . . . nothing really. I’m sort of in a reading slump.
I’ve been watching . . . Game of Thrones, The Voice, and Grace and Frankie.
One of these days I will say more about Game of Thrones but right now I have to share about Grace and Frankie. I just finished Season 2, and I loved it. I laughed my ass off during the last episode. One of these best things about this show is it goes into real-world issues, from aging to chemicals in our products to friendship, in a funny and clever way. It’s never preachy. And it’s clear that these are issues Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are passionate about. Brilliant and just darn good—no matter how hold you are (well, maybe kids shouldn’t watch it).
I’ve been listening to . . . a mix of music. I can go for weeks listening to the same thing and then I go weeks listening to a variety of songs. I made a “happy” playlist on Spotify I play when I’m cleaning or just need a boost. Some songs on it include “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE, and (my guilty pleasure) “Time of Our Lives” by Pitbull. What songs make you happy?
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Or men with colorful socks