You know who likes change? Not most people, in my experience.
We’ve all known (or been) someone who stayed in a relationship to long. Or didn’t quit a job for fear of the alternative. Or couldn’t let go of a bad habit for any number of ridiculous reasons.
Well, against all odds, after close to eight years at a pretty great job, I decided it was time to move on. And so, last week, I had my first first day of work in a long time.
And a million other feelings that I haven’t felt in a long time!
So, what exactly took me so long? What takes any of us so long to make the changes in our lives that we know we should make?
There’s a theory out there about Loss Aversion – the fact that most people would prefer avoiding loss over acquiring gain. As in, you walk up to a blackjack table, but decide that you’d rather keep the money in your pocket, instead of risk losing it…even though there’s also a chance that you might win more. That’s not the best example, since we all know the house tends to win…but I digress.
We have become so scared to lose what we have that our fists are closed tight. I’m all for not wasting what you have and not taking things for granted, but that’s also SO limiting!
Sure, you won’t lose anything, but you also can’t gain anything.
I won’t lie; I’m very often crippled by fear. I like to make a lot of plans, but then move on to make other plans rather than actually taking action. Well, I’ve decided that needs to stop.
I can’t promise that I’m going to start waking up before the sun to run or eat kale salads for lunch every day, but I can promise that if there’s something making me unhappy (and it is within my power to change it), I’m going to try and do something about it.
Some of my top priorities over the coming months…
(1) So…This Happened: THE BOOK
As you may remember, I worked on a web series with a good friend of mine a while back. Well, we’ve decided to combine our powers again, this time to turn those same tragic/hilarious stories into a book of essays. Like I’ve said before, writing a book is hard, but it’s something we’ve been thinking about for a while. No better time than now to make it happen, right?
(2) Killing it at NYU!
Yep, my new gig is at New York University, and I’m psyched. The amount of pride people seem to have in working there reminds me of my Disney days. I love that! From 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, my focus is going to be on doing the best I can there. PS – I have my own office.
(3) My Health
A while back, my doctor told me that my cholesterol was high and that I should monitor my diet and exercise since it put me at risk of heart disease. My response? I haven’t been back to see him since. I KNOW! I don’t think I’ll ever be a salad-a-day kind of eater, but I DO think there are little steps I can take that would improve my health pretty significantly – a walk around the park at lunch every day (weather permitting) or a smoothie instead of a milkshake from time to time, for example.
(4) The Littlest Fowler
That’s right, my pretties. You can’t get rid of me yet. Even though I don’t always have time to write as much or as well as I’d like to, I’ve come to the conclusion that this here blog is good for me – my health, my sanity, all of it. If you don’t have any kind of creative release, I highly recommend getting one.
What can you work on? How can you make your life better? Let’s do it, people!